Gov. Greg Abbott announced Friday morning that all bars were to close by noon and all restaurants must reduce capacity to 50 percent by Monday.
Abbott cited a positivity rate of more than 10 percent in people tested for coronavirus as his motivation for taking tightening restrictions meant to reduce the spread of coronavirus.
Rafting and tubing operations also must close and outdoor gatherings of 100 or more people must be approved by a local government, according to the order.
"At this time, it is clear that the rise in cases is largely driven by certain types of activities, including Texans congregating in bars,” Abbott said in a statement. "The actions in this executive order are essential to our mission to swiftly contain this virus and enhance public health.”
Bars had been open at 50 percent and restaurants at 75 percent.
Abbott said earlier this week that shutting down businesses again was a last resort.