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Brownsville Conforms With Weaker State Restrictions Governing Restaurant Occupancy

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The city of Brownsville has agreed to get in line with the state’s guidelines when it comes to how many people can be in a restaurant during the coronavirus pandemic.

The City Commission Tuesday voted to conform with Governor Greg Abbott’s executive order that allows restaurants to operate at 50 percent occupancy.

Brownsville had previously approved a tougher order mandating restaurants limit customer capacity to 25 percent. That led to a strongly-worded letter from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton last week that called on the city to revise its, quote – unlawful – order. Following a closed-door meeting Tuesday, the city agreed to do so.

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