Certain businesses in Rio Grande Valley counties are now at higher occupancy levels with the region joining much of the state which were already benefiting from Order GA-30 from Gov. Greg Abbott Sept. 17. The Valley was one of three areas of Texas not allowed to move forward then due to COVID-19 patient caseloads.
Abbott’s relaxed occupancy standards in September allow many sectors of the community to open to 75 percent occupancy. Among those are retail outlets, restaurants, office buildings, manufacturing facilities, gyms, museums and libraries.
According to Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner John Hellerstedt, as of Oct. 6. the Trauma Service Area V (TSA-V) is now below the 15 percent threshold. This means Hidalgo. Cameron, Starr and Willacy counties may move onto the occupancy standards.
While this is a positive move in the right direction for business and the community, it is not a full reopening and some establishments remain closed, such as bars and taverns. We at VBR encourage readers to contact their local elected officials to fully open Texas.