Is Texas open for travel? Texas was one of the first states to take major steps toward reopening this spring. But now, it’s also one of the first to have to pull back due to surging coronavirus cases.
While the state hasn’t fully gone back to a prior opening phase, it has made the decision to close bars, reduce restaurant capacity back to 50% (down from 75%), limit outdoor gatherings of more than 100 people and shut down tubing and rafting retailers, which may sound strange, but we’ll explain how that impacts travel.
Before we get into the details, know that the Lone Star State is massive at close to 800 miles across, meaning it would take you at least 12 to 13 hours to drive from El Paso in the west to the Louisana state line in the east. Tourism is also big business here, representing about $164 billion in revenue in 2018, which typically supports 1.2 million Texas jobs, according to Travel Texas.
And while those tourism numbers will undoubtedly be smaller for 2020 because of the coronavirus and subsequent pause in nonessential travel, Texas has around 29 million residents, some of whom started traveling again when the state’s stay-at-home order expired nearly a month ago.
Is Texas open for travel?
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