Lubbock Outdoor Gathering Restrictions Begin Sunday
Lubbock's Trauma Service area is still above 15% COVID hospitalization rate which means Lubbock has begun to "roll-back" it's reopening due to Governor Greg Abbott's Executive Order.
Restaurants and other businesses that have operated at 75% occupancy will now have to operate at 50% capacity and bars will have to close. But there is also another part of the Governor's Executive Order that kicks in on Sunday.
As part of Governor Greg Abbott's Executive Order (GA-32), Lubbock will have to restrict outdoor gatherings to 10 people unless the Mayor of Lubbock says it's okay. But even this doesn't impact many outdoor gatherings. According to a press release from the City of Lubbock, sporting events, school events, Texas Tech, and more not impacted.
The following outdoor activities/events are exempted from this order, thus not prohibited:
- youth camps, including daytime and overnight camps
- youth and adult recreational sporting events/programs
- any public or private schools, and any public or private institutions of higher education
- drive-in concerts, movies, or similar events
- religious services
The order also only applies to the City not the County. So there will be no restrictions on Texas Tech Football, or even any last minute political rallies that take place outside the city limits.
Officials with the City of Lubbock, Lubbock County, and State of Texas continue to urge citizens to act responsible by wearing face coverings, washing hands, socially distancing, and not going out if you are sick.