Brownwood News – Coleman County restaurants can open at 50% capacity on Friday, May 1st, if they so choose.
According to the Texas Department of State Health Services, rural counties with five or fewer laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 may, on an individualized basis, increase capacity for restaurants, retail and/or movie theaters if the County Judge certifies and affirms to the DSHS that certain standards have been investigated and confirmed to be met.
In a letter released by Coleman County Judge Billy Bledsoe, he writes “The necessary paperwork for Coleman County restaurants to open at 50% capacity has been filed with the State. This is permitted as we have fewer than 5 cases of COVID-19. The 25% limitation will not currently apply to Coleman at this time.”
Other guidelines from the DSHS for counties with five or fewer positive COVID-19 cases are below.
If the county meets the above standards and chooses to do so, the county may do the following:
• Increase dine-in restaurant capacity from 25% to up to 50% of the restaurant’s capacity – All other provisions regarding restaurants still apply.
• Increase retail in-store capacity from 25% to up to 50% of the retailer’s capacity. All other provisions regarding retail still apply.
• Increase movie theater capacity from 25% to up to 50% of the movie theater’s capacity – All other provisions regarding movie theaters still apply.
• Increase museum and library capacity from 25% to up to 50% of the museum’s or library’s total listed occupancy. All other provisions regarding museums and libraries still apply.
Coleman County will also re-open all doors to the County Courthouse beginning Friday, May 1. Normal operating hours will be 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.