Texas, Fla. reimpose some coronavirus restrictions

Lines of cars wait at a drive-through coronavirus testing site outside the Miami Beach Convention Center, Friday, June 26, 2020, in Miami Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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UPDATED 1:15 PM PT — Friday, June 26, 2020

Texas and Florida have reimposed some coronavirus restrictions as case numbers continue to rise. Governor Greg Abbott ordered all bars in the state to close by noon on Friday and will be requiring restaurants to reduce their operating capacity back to 50%.

This came after the state’s positive test rate surpassed 11% this week.

A “No Entry” sign is posted on the door of the Craft Beer Cellar, Friday, June 26, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Meanwhile, Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation also banned alcohol consumption at bars after the state health department reported a record of nearly 9,000 new confirmed cases.

The state’s governor has touted increased testing efforts across the Sunshine State.

“Every asymptomatic case you identify, if they follow the precautions and isolate, you know, then that can really lower the spread. If they’re asymptomatic and didn’t get a test, well, then they may go around. They may not think that they had it or doing it, and they could spread it to other people.” – Ron DeSantis, Governor of Florida

Both state leaders declined to issue a statewide mandate requiring masks to be worn, but they have encouraged residents to do so.

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