Webb County bars scheduled to close

As per Governor Abbott’s orders, bars will be scheduled to close on Saturday after the local hospitalization rate reaches 21.3%.
Webb County bars scheduled to close
Webb County bars scheduled to close(KGNS)
Published: Nov. 20, 2020 at 4:59 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 20, 2020 at 9:19 PM CST
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LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) - Bars in Webb County are scheduled to close with after multiple days of our hospitalization rate being above 15%.

As of Friday, the local hospitalization rate has reached 21.3%, which is the sixth consecutive day the rate has remained above 15%.

According to Governor Greg Abbott’s orders, bars in Webb County will be required to close at 8 a.m. on Saturday, November 21. Bars will be required to stay closed until the hospitalization rate drops back down to 15% and stays there for 7 straight days.

“These are trying times for our community, but the only way we will combat this is by remaining vigilant and doing our part,” Judge Tano Tijerina said.

Restaurants and other businesses are ordered to reduce their capacity from 75% to 50% as per the governor’s orders.

According to the Laredo health director Richard Chamberlin, they don’t have the exact number of bars operating as restaurants.

However, there’s more than 60 bars around town.

But those who don’t have a restaurant license will close under the new mandate.

Chamberlain believes that could be up to 30 bars in the gateway city.

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