Boy these Republicans are like lemmings, aren’t they?

Courtesy of the Texas Tribune

As the coronavirus pandemic engulfs Texas’ metropolitan areas, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has left the door open for massive indoor gatherings. And organizers are moving forward with some big ones, including the Texas Republican Party’s upcoming convention in Houston.

Harris County, where Houston is located, has the highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the state, but the Texas GOP plans to press forward with plans to hold an in-person convention from July 16-18 in the city’s George R. Brown Convention Center.

“All systems are go, folks. This is happening,” Kyle Whatley, the party’s executive director, said Tuesday during a tele-town hall, noting the convention program is already being printed.

It may come as no surprise to you that the organizers have no intention of making attendees wear masks, despite the fact that masks are mandatory for Houston businesses because the Republican party is “isn’t considered a commercial entity.”

Now while these plans moe forward Governor Greg Abbott is closing down businesses again in response to the surge of new cases.

Courtesy of Fox Business:

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order on Friday requiring bars across the state to close at noon on Friday and to remain open only for delivery and takeout, as well as limiting other businesses and services as part of the state’s effort to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The directive ordered all bars and similar establishments that receive more than 51 percent of their sales from alcoholic beverages to close at noon Friday. It allows those businesses to remain open for delivery and takeout, including for alcoholic beverages.

The order also requires restaurants to limit capacity for indoor dining to 50 percent beginning Monday.

Abbot also ordered rafting and tubing businesses to close, and required individuals to get approval from their local governments for outdoor gatherings of 100 people or more.

“As I said from the start, if the positivity rate rose above 10%, the State of Texas would take further action to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” Abbott said in a statement on Friday. “At this time, it is clear that the rise in cases is largely driven by certain types of activities, including Texans congregating in bars. The actions in this executive order are essential to our mission to swiftly contain this virus and protect public health.”

He added: “We want this to be as limited in duration as possible. However, we can only slow the spread if everyone in Texas does their part.”

Apparently “doing their part” does not include not holding a political convention indoors during a national pandemic.