June 29, 2020 -- Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says his decision allowing bars to reopen during early phases of his economic recovery plan contributed to the alarming surge of coronavirus cases in the state.

"If I could go back and redo anything, it probably would have been to slow down the opening of bars, now seeing in the aftermath of how quickly the coronavirus spread in the bar setting,” he said in an interview with KVIA.

Abbott scaled back his economic recovery strategy on Friday, issuing an executive order shutting down bars that receive more than 51% of gross receipts from alcohol sales as of midnight Friday.

He also limited restaurants to 50% occupancy starting Monday, ordered rafting and tubing businesses closed and said outdoor gatherings of more than 100 people must be approved by local governments.

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