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Texas, Florida Target Bars in Bid to Rein in Surging Covid-19 Cases

EconomyJun 26, 2020 11:03AM ET
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By Christiana Sciaudone

Investing.com -- Texas Governor Greg Abbott is shutting the state's bars, and Florida banned alcohol consumption at bars as they try to rein in soaring rates of new infections of Covid-19.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average sank more than 620 points as Abbott issued an executive order rolling back plans to reopen the economy against a backdrop of soaring hospitalizations. Bars must close by 12:00 PM local time Friday.

Florida, which attributed the new cases to young adults gathering at drinking establishments over the past month, confirmed almost 9,000 new cases of Covid-19 infections on Thursday, compared to the previous record a day earlier of 5,500. The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation said on Twitter that drinking alcohol at bars has been suspended statewide.

And in Texas, “The targeted, measured directives in the executive order are based on links between certain types of businesses and services and the recent rise in positive cases throughout the state,” according to a statement.

“We want this to be as limited in duration as possible. However, we can only slow the spread if everyone in Texas does their part,” Abbott said in a statement. “I know that our collective action can lead to a reduction in the spread of COVID-19 because we have done it before, and we will do it again.”

Directives in Texas include:

  • All bars and similar establishments that receive more than 51% of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages are required to close at 12:00 PM today. These businesses may remain open for delivery and take-out, including for alcoholic beverages, as authorized by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
  • Restaurants may remain open for dine-in service, but at a capacity not to exceed 50% of total listed indoor occupancy, beginning Monday, June 29, 2020.
  • Rafting and tubing businesses must close.
  • Outdoor gatherings of 100 or more people must be approved by local governments, with certain exceptions.


Texas, Florida Target Bars in Bid to Rein in Surging Covid-19 Cases
 

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Happy Day
Happy Day Jun 27, 2020 11:11AM ET
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Layoffs in Texas are trending down significantly? https://www.twc.texas.gov/files/news/warn-act-listings-2020.xlsx
Yemi ofuya
Yemi ofuya Jun 26, 2020 1:43PM ET
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What we need is a vaccine... every other solution will fail.
Holly Sorensen
Holly Sorensen Jun 26, 2020 1:09PM ET
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its not the bars only...its everywhere...gyms, salons, churches, stores, restaurants etc...most not wearing masks and they touch everything.
Jurgen Daub
Jurgen Daub Jun 26, 2020 1:09PM ET
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seems the problem are the people, not the viros..
Mary Kinney
Mary Kinney Jun 26, 2020 12:51PM ET
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Bars are about as bad as Nursing Homes
tonald drump
tonald drump Jun 26, 2020 12:51PM ET
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Mmm not really same, same. Might wanna buy a six pack and go home.
The Big Fish
The Big Fish Jun 26, 2020 12:30PM ET
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Waking up every morning exposes me to countless risks, including death, injury and/or emotional distress. Maybe I should stop waking up....
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Tom Bedlam
Tom Bedlam Jun 26, 2020 12:30PM ET
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that's a real clever comment here. 100 % agree...and..for ******'s sake guys..unless you are filthy rich and bored and just want to play casino..stop buying stocks, believing you are the next Warren Buffet..really..it's so disgusting to see relatively poor guys spending their pennies just "because the FED"'. Is it not self evident now that all this madness had to end? get out, wait, exercise discipline and don't buy fake rallies.. (A very successfull and rich) One once said that he enters positions a bit late and sells a bit early..You won't find this very honest and wise suggestion everywhere..good luck
The Big Fish
The Big Fish Jun 26, 2020 12:30PM ET
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snowflakes
Adrian White
Adrian White Jun 26, 2020 12:30PM ET
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The Big Fish, your problem, as with the people who think like you on here, is that you only think about yourself, and don't seem to have to capacity to realize that shutdowns are not about you, but about the local community. Sure, you might have various risks everyday, but those risks you mentioned don't cause risk to other people based on your actions. You might not be worried about getting sick, yourself, but that doesn't mean you have the right to potentially expose everybody else if you get it and are lucky enough not to experience any symptoms.
The Big Fish
The Big Fish Jun 26, 2020 12:30PM ET
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waking up every morning exposes "others" to countless risk. perhaps I should not wake up in the morning....
The Big Fish
The Big Fish Jun 26, 2020 12:30PM ET
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Ronald Warren your comments are full of bitter resentment
Young Money
Young Money Jun 26, 2020 12:16PM ET
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Hahaha so the thing to bring down the market is that texans cant get their booze!
Adrian White
Adrian White Jun 26, 2020 12:16PM ET
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They can still get booze (take-out). They just can't breathe all over each other anymore while enjoying their drinks.
Ted Dirty
DirtyTed Jun 26, 2020 12:10PM ET
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SWISS RESEARCH REPORT: Facts about COVID-19   https://jamesfetzer.org/2020/06/swiss-research-report-facts-about-covid-19/?fbclid=IwAR0RfRB4p5gjw8-IpFH8T6Z3CU7Am4EoeIUlqH-Wo4dNz0_iQsK2o37t8GY
Average Trader
Average Trader Jun 26, 2020 12:09PM ET
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And guess why the raise in coronavirus cases happened? Because of the dumb protests, in every other case they would have done something against it, but no, it was not necessary in this case.
Ted Dirty
DirtyTed Jun 26, 2020 12:08PM ET
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I think everyone can agree, that living like a captive animal in a zoo is worse than dying in the freedom of the jungle.
Adrian White
Adrian White Jun 26, 2020 12:08PM ET
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DirtyTed, so you think having bars closed is the same as "living like a captive animal in a zoo"? ("Dying in the freedom of the jungle" is a bad analogy, since the freedom you're referring to in this case can cause many other people to needlessly die due to your actions).
Rodrigo Chavez
Rodrigo Chavez Jun 26, 2020 12:08PM ET
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spoken like a true alcoholic, can't get a beer at the bar - must be assaulting my freedoms! 👍
The Big Fish
The Big Fish Jun 26, 2020 12:08PM ET
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DirtyTed Fully Agree. Too many happy to serve without thinking. happy to follow without questioning. like brrain lesss sheeps beeehhhh
Ted Dirty
DirtyTed Jun 26, 2020 12:08PM ET
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Adrian White  as all the other brainwashed by fearmongers u missed the essential point...I don't drink alcohol...but the entire hype and social lockdowns is about forcing people to live like captive animals in zoo, under supervision and in total obedience...Covid19 stats are fake all over the world.
Adrian White
Adrian White Jun 26, 2020 12:08PM ET
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DirtyTed, seems like you love your conspiracy theories. lol. But if you want to keep wearing your tinfoil hat, you have the right to do so. It sounds to me like you are the "fear-mongerer" if you think there is some hidden agenda, simultaneously all over the world, to "force people to live like captive animals". Closing the bars is hardly the same as locking people up in captivity.
James Marshall
James Marshall Jun 26, 2020 12:01PM ET
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per the CDC Coronavirus has a .26% death rate. why are we shutting anything down? you have a 99.74% chance of living
Adrian White
Adrian White Jun 26, 2020 12:01PM ET
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James, it's not about the death rate. The main reason is to prevent the hospitals from becoming overwhelmed. Didn't you see what happened in New York? They literally ran out of hospital beds. When enough people get sick enough to need hospitalization, it puts people with other conditions (many of which have much higher death rates, such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease) at greater risk of not being able to get the surgery or hospital care they need.
Erski Gumby
SB20 Jun 26, 2020 12:01PM ET
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Adrian White That’s a lie. NYC didn’t even use the thr overflow hospitals and all the ventilators that Cuomo said wasn’t enough.
Ted Dirty
DirtyTed Jun 26, 2020 12:01PM ET
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Adrian White that's 100% lie ...ask people who are medical and working in hospitals.
Richard Basehart
Richard Basehart Jun 26, 2020 12:00PM ET
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Jesus just let the damned thing run it's course already.  If you're scared stay home and get a big dog.
Ted Dirty
DirtyTed Jun 26, 2020 12:00PM ET
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Life is not survival.
Adrian White
Adrian White Jun 26, 2020 12:00PM ET
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It's not about being 'scared and staying home'. It's about protecting your loved ones, and the more vulnerable people around you - thinking about society and not just yourself for a change. They're not locking anybody in a cage. They're simply closing bars for a while. No big deal unless you work at one.
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Jun 26, 2020 11:48AM ET
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When hospitals r overflowed, they have to shutdown period. If hospitals can handle covid patients, there is no need to shutdown.
Jusuf Seferi
Jusuf Seferi Jun 26, 2020 11:37AM ET
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fake fake and fake news,lockdown is like ***yourself
Adrian White
Adrian White Jun 26, 2020 11:37AM ET
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Jusuf, please learn the correct meaning of "fake". This is actually happening so how can it be "fake news"?
Matt Kay
Matt Kay Jun 26, 2020 11:33AM ET
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This is what you get when you politicize largest disaster of the decade.
Eudon Hickey
Eudon Hickey Jun 26, 2020 11:33AM ET
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Covid is the smoke screen for the financial disaster that started last year(2019- Sept). Blame everything on Covid, exeggerate the whole thing and certain people run all the way to the bank.
Beau Paquin
Beau Paquin Jun 26, 2020 11:25AM ET
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it's a sniffle
Michael Hartmann
Michael Hartmann Jun 26, 2020 11:25AM ET
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I have had 2 friends die miserably from that sniffle. your comment is garbish.
Jack Frost
Jack Frost Jun 26, 2020 11:25AM ET
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Michael Hartmann they died because of 5g. Corona is a hoax
Ricky Singh
Ricky Singh Jun 26, 2020 11:20AM ET
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Political drama !!!!
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Jun 26, 2020 11:15AM ET
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The media cried when GA,FL,TX opened first. The reason they keep saying tx,fl now is just pure dirty politic. Ca cases rise to new record and ca is very slow in opening up.
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gutaussehend jung
gutaussehend jung Jun 26, 2020 11:15AM ET
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Kaveh Sun Wrong mate.Go back to the lie-hole you came out from. Sick of poor PoS like you using up my tax money.
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Jun 26, 2020 11:15AM ET
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gutaussehend jung u stop it made. U pay tax more than u most.
gutaussehend jung
gutaussehend jung Jun 26, 2020 11:15AM ET
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Kaveh Sun Shush. Done listening to uneducated folks like you. Your reply made no sense. Get out.
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Jun 26, 2020 11:15AM ET
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gutaussehend jung u made up all s#. Ur tax my ******
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Jun 26, 2020 11:15AM ET
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gutaussehend jung it is u on my thread s#
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Jun 26, 2020 11:04AM ET
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Texas, florida open first. Cases didnt surge until protesting broke out.
Ahmed Naguib
Ahmed Naguib Jun 26, 2020 11:04AM ET
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Actually false....
BLOCK WRITERS
BLOCK WRITERS Jun 26, 2020 11:04AM ET
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Absolutely false! The surge occurred from premature opening of bars, restaurants and other indoor facilities! People are in these establishments insisting on not wearing masks or gloves and ignoring social distancing while inside as well! That is what’s caused the surge!! We opened too early in Texas! Our numbers hadn’t even began to flatten before they tried to force everything back to normal!
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Jun 26, 2020 11:04AM ET
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Ahmed Naguib then explain why cases didnt rise for months. Cases only rise a week after protesting broke out. Why the media keeps saying tx, fl?
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Jun 26, 2020 11:03AM ET
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Ca cases didnt surge until a week after those protesters carried home.
Taylor Huddlestun
Taylor Huddlestun Jun 26, 2020 10:58AM ET
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wow...bars are the problem??
BLOCK WRITERS
BLOCK WRITERS Jun 26, 2020 10:58AM ET
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Closed spaces, with no masks and gloves. So yes, bars and restaurants are problematic. Not outside protests!
gutaussehend jung
gutaussehend jung Jun 26, 2020 10:58AM ET
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BLOCK WRITERS Thank you for being a voice of logic and reason.
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Jun 26, 2020 10:58AM ET
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BLOCK WRITERS explain why cases dint rise until a week after protesting broke out?
Bob Wilcox
Bob Wilcox Jun 26, 2020 10:53AM ET
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Deaths per day is the stat you need to follow. That eliminates testing variations. Highest number of deaths: California - April 23 Florida - April 28 Texas - May 14 Fake News.......Govenor being PC.  Sad.
John Galt
John Galt Jun 26, 2020 10:53AM ET
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deaths are the most lagging indicator. from symptoms to death it can take between 3 to 5 weeks. daily death count is for cases that happened a month ago
gutaussehend jung
gutaussehend jung Jun 26, 2020 10:53AM ET
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More like Bob Takescox
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Jun 26, 2020 10:53AM ET
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John Galt doctors have better idea how to treat now. That is the reason dealth is low.
Rocket robin
Rocket robin Jun 26, 2020 10:53AM ET
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gutaussehend jung oh that's funny if i was 8
gutaussehend jung
gutaussehend jung Jun 26, 2020 10:53AM ET
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Rocket robin But I'm not being PC. Just sick of people being PC as Bob mentioned. He can take a bit of non-PC banter right?
Jim Romano
Jim Romano Jun 26, 2020 10:52AM ET
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thank you rioters and looters for not social distancing.....fine job.
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Jun 26, 2020 10:52AM ET
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Houston, La cases rocketed a week after protesters took the streets. Houston closed out their temp hospital then put it up again right after protests.
Large Father
Large Father Jun 26, 2020 10:49AM ET
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who knew that people would get sick when you let them gather in large crowds in confined spaces!?Shocker!
Jon Snow
Lauri Jun 26, 2020 10:49AM ET
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I would not blame the government, people who refuse to wear a mask and get sick outdoor can only blame themselves!
Brady Austin
Brady Austin Jun 26, 2020 10:49AM ET
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then why tubing. why only states gathering of 100 or more. according to you, if its outdoors we should be fine. its all a hoax.
Large Father
Large Father Jun 26, 2020 10:49AM ET
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Brady Austin  it's not all a hoax
gutaussehend jung
gutaussehend jung Jun 26, 2020 10:49AM ET
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Jon Snow Certain figures in the government certainly didn't make the right calls. They can share some of the blame, if not the majority.
 
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