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Posted on: June 26, 2020

Press Release 6/26/2020

COVID Update

Press Release June 26, 2020

From:  County Judge Kathryn Wiseman, Mayor Shannon Thomason, and Howard County Emergency Management

Re:       Governor Abbott’s Executive Order Issued 6-26-2020

Today, Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order No. GA-28 limiting certain businesses and services as part of the state’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. The order includes the specific guidelines that each business shall follow. 

What this means for the City of Big Spring and Howard county is that the following business may open at 100% of capacity provided they that operate with at least six feet of social distancing between workstations:

cosmetology salons, hair salons, barber shops, nail salons/shops, and other establishments where licensed cosmetologists or barbers practice their trade, massage establishments and other facilities where licensed massage therapists or other persons licensed or otherwise authorized to practice under Chapter 455 of the Texas Occupations Code practice their trade; and other personal-care and beauty services such as tanning salons, tattoo studios, piercing studios, hair removal services, and hair loss treatment and growth services.

In accordance with Governor Abbott’s order, the following guidelines are in effect for Big Spring and Howard County:

  • 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, June 26, 2020. These businesses may remain open for drive-thru, pickup or delivery including for alcoholic beverages, as authorized by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
  • Restaurants may remain open for dine-in service, they will operate at a capacity not to exceed 75% of total listed indoor occupancy.  The use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options for food and drinks remains allowed and is highly encouraged.
  • All other business establishments may continue to operate at 75% capacity.
    • Howard County and the City of Big Spring establishments are able to operate at the 75% capacity due to filing of the required attestation form with DSHS.

We strongly recommend that citizens continue to practice social distancing, wash your hands, stay home if you’re sick, and wear a mask when in public areas.  Citizens should also simply stay home when possible and don’t make unnecessary trips into public. 

We as a City and County will follow Governor’s Abbott’s Executive Order.  We are each called upon to act as Texans, to act responsibly and continue following all health precautions and sanitizing guidelines.  Anyone with questions regarding the specific guidelines for each business may visit Governor Abbott’s website at https://gov.texas.gov/.


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