Voting Rights

Anti-Voting Law in Texas Gets Heavy Backlash

The new bill makes Texas “one of the most difficult states to vote in.”

09/16/2021 By Shelby Stewart

Who's calling the shots?

Gov. Abbott Bans Vaccine Passports in Texas

Cruise line Carnival announced today that it will require proof of vaccination on its ships, two of which are docked in Galveston, but the governor's rebuttal includes a ban on vaccine requirements for any business operating in Texas.

06/07/2021 By Catherine Wendlandt

Cheers

Texas Passes Booze To-Go ... So, Now What?

Now bars and restaurants can sell take-out beer, wine, and spirits for good.

05/12/2021 By Timothy Malcolm

Big News

Gov. Abbott Reverses Practically Every Covid-19 Mandate, Including the Face Mask Order

Houstonians react to the governor’s March 2 announcement.

03/02/2021 By Catherine Wendlandt With Timothy Malcolm

Coronavirus

FEMA Is Setting Up a Mass-Vaccination Site at NRG

The pilot site is part of the president's efforts to ramp up Covid-19 vaccination efforts.

02/10/2021 By Catherine Wendlandt

Dash and Drink

Food News: Bill Could Make To-Go Alcohol Permanent

Plus, a popular taco chain opens another Houston location.

01/11/2021 By Timothy Malcolm

Coronavirus News

Houston, Expect for Businesses and Restaurants to Roll Back Openings

The region's Covid-19 hospitalizations have crossed the governor's threshold to backtrack on re-openings.

01/05/2021 By Catherine Wendlandt

Raising awareness

Mayor Turner Declares October 15 “White Cane Safety Day”

The day commemorates and raises awareness for Houston's blind and visually impaired communities.

10/15/2020 By Catherine Wendlandt

Covid-19

While Texas Bars Can Open to 50-Percent Capacity, They Probably Won't in Harris County

Gov. Greg Abbott also announced that other businesses at a 50-percent cap can boost operations.

10/07/2020 By Timothy Malcolm

The 15-percent rule

Hospitalizations Are the Key to Texas Reopenings, Abbott Announces

Regions with low Covid-19 hospitalization rates can begin expanding reopenings immediately.

09/17/2020 By Catherine Wendlandt

Covid-19

Abbott: Bars to Stay Closed as Restaurants Move to 75 Percent Capacity

As hospitalization rates have decreased, the Texas governor says some food-and-drink operations can increase.

09/17/2020 By Timothy Malcolm

Tug of War

Craft Brewing Community Feels Disrespect During Pandemic

While safety is paramount, messaging has cast doubt on intentions, beer advocates say.

07/28/2020 By Timothy Malcolm

Barred From Serving

Abrupt Tweak Ends Dine-In Service for Major Texas Brewery

Saint Arnold, one of Houston's biggest beer locations, is affected by the change.

07/13/2020 By Timothy Malcolm

Going Backwards

Emotions Swirl As Bars Close and Restaurants Re-Tool Again

Beverage professionals and restaurant operators respond to the latest news.

06/26/2020 By Timothy Malcolm

COVID-19

Gov. Abbott Closes Bars, Backtracks on Restaurant Dining Rooms

The move comes as COVID-19 case rates spike statewide.

06/26/2020 By Timothy Malcolm

COVID-19

Gov. Greg Abbott Pauses Re-Opening Plans, Cancels Elective Surgeries

As the number of coronavirus cases rapidly increases in Texas, the state is taking more steps to flatten the curve.

06/25/2020 By Catherine Wendlandt and Dianna Wray

More Dining Room

Gov. Abbott Announces Next Phase: Restaurants to Open Even More

While dining rooms can expand to 75 percent soon, some establishments close temporarily.

06/03/2020 By Timothy Malcolm

COVID-19

This Week, Bars Can Open, Restaurants Can Move to Half Capacity

Gov. Greg Abbott says we can live in a world where we "co-exist with COVID-19."

05/18/2020 By Timothy Malcolm

Drink From Home

Will Texas Restaurants Be Able to Sell Alcohol To-Go Forever?

Gov. Abbott's tweet hints at a future where it might be so.

04/29/2020 By Timothy Malcolm

A Range of Opinions

Food Establishments Can Reopen Friday: How Restaurants Are Reacting

Why some folks will open their dining rooms, and why others won't.

04/28/2020 By Timothy Malcolm