Last week, Governor Gregg Abbott advised that bars and similar establishments are allowed to re-open up to 50% capacity beginning tomorrow, Oct. 14, 2020, in conjunction with county officials. 
The following is a press release sent by Kathryn G. Wiseman, Howard County Judge on Oct. 9, 2020:
Howard County Opts-In to Re-Open Bars:
Howard County has opted in as Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order today for the re-opening of bars and similar establishments in Texas beginning October 14, 2020.
The following protocols must be enforced:
- Maximum of 50% capacity indoors (Outdoor establishments excluded)
- No Service after 11:00pm
- Establishments that serve alcohol but generate 51% of their revenue from food sales may serve and remain open until midnight.
- This order remains in effect unless the COVID-19 hospitalization rate in the Permian Basin "Trauma Area J" exceeds 15% for 7 consecutive days. Currently, the rate is 8.9%.
Howard County Judge Kathryn Wiseman continues to encourage the public to wear masks, practice social distancing, and help keep Howard County safe.
1 - "Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order to Reopen Bars in Qualifying Counties", published on 10/07/2020,