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Some Elgin businesses reopen

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    Southside Market & BBQ is one of the restaurants in Elgin that reopened its dining room with reduced capacity on May 1. Photos by Julianne Hodges
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    The order allowing for some businesses to reopen includes movie theaters. Film Alley Bastrop announced they would remain closed for a little while longer.
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    Signs encouraging people to stay home as much as possible have been posted around Elgin.
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    Parking spots in downtown Elgin have been designated for curbside pick-up.

On Monday, April 27, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced the first phase of a plan to strategically reopen Texas while taking precautions against the COVID-19 coronavirus, beginning on May 1. The executive order, GA-18, permits certain businesses, such as retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters and museums, to reopen but limit their capacity to 25 percent of their occupancy.

Some Elgin restaurants, such as Southside Market & BBQ, Meyer’s Elgin Smokehouse, El Maguey and CHeMn Cafe, have reopened their dining areas according to these guidelines. Little Beijing Restaurant announced they would take an extra week before restarting their dine-in operations. The Elgin Depot Museum will not be reopening at this time; visit the museum on Facebook @ElginDepotMuseum for the latest updates. Film Alley Bastrop, Bastrop County’s movie theater located in Bastrop, announced they would not be reopening this past weekend in order to enact new procedures.

“I am cautiously optimistic that Phase 1 of the Open Texas plan will be successful,” said Gena Carter, president of the Elgin Chamber of Commerce. “I have been encouraged by the way Elgin businesses have followed government guidelines up to this point. The willingness and continued partnership with local officials to enforce public health and safety restrictions must continue as we work towards economic recovery while protecting our most vulnerable citizens.”

“The City of Elgin continues to support the Governor’s efforts to effectively respond to the COVID pandemic,” said Elgin city manager Thomas Mattis. “We look forward to local businesses complying with the new order and gradually returning to normal operations. We do not believe that Executive Order GA-18 will have an immediate effect on current City of Elgin operations and procedures. We encourage everyone to take necessary precautions to keep themselves and their families safe.”

For a list of businesses in Elgin and their updated hours and operations, visit