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From left, Malachi Bryant and Jay Smith, dance together on their first date at Veranda Rooftop Bar and Patio in San Marcos. …
Coronavirus in Texas

Texas shut down bars to slow the spread of coronavirus — but allowed thousands to open through a restaurant loophole

As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations balloon, public health experts and local officials worry the loopholes are one reason behind the recent rise.

A doorman takes temperatures outside of Mesquites Bar and Grill before customers entered in Lubbock on Oct. 17, 2020.
Guests dance at Billy Bobís Texas, a honky-tonk in Fort Worth. Billy Bobís has been operating since August 13 under food and…
As the night wore on, more and more people gathered inside The Vault in downtown San Marcos for drinks and dancing. Gov. Gre…
Earl Houston, an employee of G Willickers Pub in Arlington for 21 years, sings karaoke into a microphone with a single use p…
Patrons dance at Billy Bob’s Texas, a honky-tonk in Fort Worth. Billy Bob’s has been operating since August 13th under food …
A woman applies flash eyelashes to her friend in preparation for a night out on the square in San Marcos, TX.

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