Dallas, Tarrant County Judges Pleased After 1st Weekend With Restrictions Eased

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This weekend was the first that Texans could go to restaurants and stores outside of those deemed essential by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said he noted an uptick in movement, but that most people made good decisions. Jenkins expressed concerns due to the number of COVID-19 cases in the county.

The county reported more than 200 cases each of the last two days. There have been more than 4,300 cases reported.

“Now that we have the power to do things that science says aren’t safe in this environment, it is going to be up to us to make those good choices,” Jenkins said.

Restaurants and stores can operate at 25% capacity under new guidelines set forth by Abbott.

In Tarrant County, Judge Glen Whitley said he believed the opening went well. He said he drove around, observing parking lots and glancing into a few restaurants. He said restaurants he saw tried to follow those guidelines.  

“I believe that they really were. I think they were really attempting to. They wanted to get back out, but at the same time, I think they wanted to be respectful and responsible for their actions, and I appreciate very much the way they handled things,” Whitley said.

In Tarrant County there have been more than 2,500 reported cases.

The county's third testing site will open Tuesday in southeast Fort Worth. For more information, click here.

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