05/05/20 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

By Madyson Sanchez
Senior News Reporter

SAN MARCOS, Texas –  The Hays County Local Health Department reported seven new lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases overnight and today, bringing the total number of cases in Hays County to 183.  One-hundred-fifteen of the positive cases are recovered and out of quarantine.

Seventeen tests are pending and awaiting results.

After being closed for about a month and a half, Evo Entertainment in Kyle became one of the first Hays County movie theaters to reopen its door with major changes.  

All customers are required to wear a mask and get a temperature check when entering the theater.  The box office provides self-serve ticketing, all employees must wear and change gloves every 30 minutes and social distancing inside each theater enforces seven to nine feet of room between viewers.

“I think we’ve been anticipating that at some point, we would reopen and that this virus isn’t just going to go away. So at anytime that we do reopen, it’s going to look very different,” Mitch Roberts said, Evo Entertainment Group Co-founder & CEO, according to KXAN.

EVO Entertainment plans to open in phases and remain operating in accordance with Gov. Greg Abbott’s orders.  

In a Tuesday briefing in Austin, Gov. Greg Abbott offered more insight into his plans to reopen the state.  

Abbott announced that on Friday, May 8, salons can reopen with limits enforced.  Abbott said clients should keep six feet apart from each other and masks should be worn by customers and stylists.  

Gyms and fitness facilities were not able to reopen for Phase One but will be able to reopen on May 18 with limits.  Facilities are required to remain at or below 25% occupancy, enforce six feet apart social distancing, disinfect surfaces before and after use and close locker rooms and showers.  

In the briefing, Abbott also clarified the limitations of operations in places of worship.  Abbott said that funerals, memorials, burials and weddings are allowed with proper distancing guidelines enforced.

“They are all treated the same as church services that have limited seating arrangements,” Abbott said.

Abbott said he still strongly encourages “at-risk populations” to participate remotely. 

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