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With consultation from local health authority, Dr. Leigh Nordstrom, and following the science and data, Ellis County Judge Todd Little said he will file the required requisite forms with TABC in accordance with GA-32 to reopen bars, breweries, wineries, and similar establishments.

On Oct. 7, Gov. Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-32 granting county judges in hospital regions with low COVID-19 hospitalizations the ability to opt their county into opening bars at up to 50% capacity beginning Oct. 14, provided they assist in enforcing health protocols.

“It’s past time for businesses to be wide open for Texans to enjoy life as we once knew it!” Little said in a statement. “I am requesting Gov. Abbott fully reopen all businesses to 100% capacity. Our businesses have sacrificed way too much. Texans have shown they can safely return to work and school. We must resume life now!

“We have successfully come together and flattened the curve for our healthcare providers, our local hospitals have never reached full capacity and we now have adequate PPE on standby,” Little said. “We don’t need new mandates. It is not the function of government to deprive citizens of civil liberties, but of every Texan to utilize sound judgement and personal responsibility on how they live their everyday lives.”

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