Georgetown | October 2020

Local bars are permitted to open WILLIAMSON COUNTY Judge Bill Gravell said he intends to allow bars and similar establishments to operate following Gov. Greg Abbott’s Oct. 7 announcement, while Travis County ocials said they will hold o before a decision is made. BY ALI LINAN

Friends of the library seeking donations GEORGETOWN The Georgetown Library’s Second-Hand Prose book- store has been seeing reduced trac— providing fewer dollars to support the library—and music programs and the Hill Country Authors series have been postponed until further notice due to COVID-19. Meanwhile, the library’s book- mobiles are currently serving BY SALLY GRACE HOLTGRIEVE spokesperson, in an email to Community Impact Newspaper . Although visitation to the library has dropped to 25% of last year’s visits, e-books are being checked out at a rate 50% higher than last year’s rate, which will require considerably more funding, she added.

Georgetown City Council Meets second and fourth Tuesday of the month, 6 p.m. 101 E. Seventh St., Georgetown 512-931-7715 • Williamson County Commissioners Court Meets Tuesdays, 9:30 a.m. 710 S. Main St., Georgetown 512-943-1550 • MEETINGSWE COVER news release. “Our county residents have shown that they can be smart and protect themselves and others. This is another step forward for us as a community, and we can do this safely and wisely.” Conversely, Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe intends to take the next several days to speak with the county attorney’s oce and determine what authority has nally been returned to local governments, per a separate news release.

Abbott announced that bars will be allowed to open Oct. 14, as will river tubing operations, movie theaters and amusement parks, among others. For bars, facial coverings must be worn by employees and patrons when 6 feet of social distancing cannot be maintained or when seated to eat or drink, Abbott said. Addition- ally, outdoor bars will not be subject to an occupancy limit, he said. Gravell said the establishments will operate with in-person service at 50% while following Abbott’s minimum standard health protocols. “It is time for all of our businesses to be open to serve our public while following the governor’s health protocols to be safe,” Gravell said in a

To help, the Friends is initiat- ing a new campaign called the “Giving Season.” Ocials hope the December fundraiser will become an annual event.

the community on a wider scale, said Ricki McMillan, Friends of the Georgetown Public Library

Although visitation to the library has dropped to 25% of last year’s visits, e-books are being checked out at a rate 50% higher. (John Cox/Community Impact Newspaper)

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