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In this week’s digest: Gov. Abbott says bars in Texas can reopen, Houston plans to celebrate its high school seniors, and some updates on current COVID-19 testing sites.
Starting May 22, bars in Texas can reopen per state guidelines
To maintain the safety of customers, bars will be limited to 25% capacity. Groups of more than six are not permitted to sit together and bar stools are prohibited. Pitch 25 has said it will open for business, but keep a close eye on social media accounts of local bars and breweries for updates. Restaurants, which were previously limited to 25%, are now able to serve up to 50%.
Houston celebrates high school seniors
The City of Houston is hosting a locally televised, virtual ceremony on Friday, June 5th for high school seniors. Graduates have been invited to assemble at their schools, wearing their caps, gowns, and facial coverings, while adhering to social distancing. The celebration will feature special guests, celebrity appearances, and other surprise moments.
13 free COVID-19 test sites open
There are 13 free testing sites in Houston, with an additional 11 expected to open by the end of May, according to Mayor Turner. These sites are available to everyone, with or without COVID-19 symptoms.
Currently, the closest testing location for EaDo residents is Yolanda Black Navarro Middle School at 5100 Polk Street. Appointments are required for testing there, through txcovidtest.org or 512-883-2400.
For more information on site locations, please visit http://houstonemergency.org/covid19.
Local business updates
In accordance with state guidelines, The Secret Group is once again opening its doors, bringing laughter and dance back to Houston. Before you head over this weekend, be mindful of the new safety regulations set in place, which include temperature checks and face masks. More information can be found on their Facebook page.
This EaDo favorite reopens just in time for Memorial Day. Pitch 25 is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Thursday & Friday from 3 p.m to 2 a.m., and Saturday & Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Head over this weekend and escape the heat with a cold beer from their large selection.
King’s Court is partnering with the University of Houston-Downtown’s “Grub for Gators” initiative. According to UHD, the restaurant will contribute a percentage of sales to the Gator Emergency Fund, which “assists students with expenses incurred as a result of the Coronavirus (rent, utility bills, groceries, tuition and more).” You can help too, by dining in or ordering to-go (call 281-974-3496 to order). The restaurant, which is open every day from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., is currently operating at a limited dine-in capacity of 51 people.