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Like most bars and night clubs in Texas, Gruene Hall is closed, but it opened its beer garden on Thursday as a way to still serve its customers during the coronavirus pandemic.
The New Braunfels hall temporarily shut its doors on June 26 after Governor Greg Abbott closed bars again due to COVID-19 cases spiking in the Lone Star State. State officials first shut down bars in March as a way to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Abbott allowed bars to reopen at 50 percent capacity in June, per his “Open Texas” plan.
Bars and similar establishments are allowed to sell its alcohol to-go as authorized by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
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Gruene Hall posted on its Facebook page Thursday that its beer garden is opening for to-go beer and wine, noting customers can order their drinks and enjoy it at its picnic tables or while they stroll around town. However, the inside of the hall is remaining closed.
The music venue also uploaded a picture of its beer garden in its post, showing a social distancing sign that laid out a few rules to follow while at the beer garden.
The sign stated no more than six people can be seated at a table or standing together, masks are required (unless seated) and groups must stay six feet apart from each other.
Gruene Hall was built in 1878 and is Texas’ oldest continually operating and most famous dance hall, according to its Facebook page.
Abbott hinted through a tweet on Monday that expanded reopening plans may be in the works for the state. He said there will be no more lockdowns and hopes to share the next steps sometime next week.
Priscilla Aguirre is a general assignment reporter for MySA.com | [email protected] | @CillaAguirre