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“Restaurants in Texas can now deliver alcoholic beverages with food purchases to customers,” Abbott tweeted Wednesday night. “In response to #coronavirus I waived some regulations that hindered that.”
Restaurants in Texas can now deliver alcoholic beverages with food purchases to customers.— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 19, 2020
In response to #coronavirus I waived some regulations that hindered that.
These next few weeks it’s important to support our restaurants. They’re a great source of food for Texans. pic.twitter.com/j9LFsDFceE
The order comes as San Antonio City Council prepares to vote on a provision that would close bars and restaurants for 30 days. Mayor Ron Nirenberg made a similar emergency declaration yesterday, but that only lasts seven days.
Under the mayor's order, restaurants will still be able to operate drive-through windows, deliver food and offer curbside takeout orders.
The council vote, expected some time after 9 a.m., comes as the number of reported COVID-19 cases in the city grew to 25. Nearly 9,000 Americans have tested positive for the virus, according to a CNN tally. At least 149 have died.
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