Texas Gov. Greg Abbott acknowledged on Friday that he had allowed the state's bars to reopen too soon.
“If I could go back and redo anything, it probably would’ve been to slow down the opening of bars," he said in an interview with CNN affiliate KVIA.
"Now seeing in the aftermath of how quickly the coronavirus spread in the bar setting – you know, a bar setting in reality just doesn’t work with a pandemic. People go to bars to get close and to drink and to socialize. And that’s the kind of thing that stokes the spread of the coronavirus. So, sure, in hindsight it may have been better to have slowed the opening of the bar setting," he said.
Texas has seen its case numbers spike dramatically this week. The state reported its highest daily jump in new cases on Thursday, while Friday saw 5,707 new cases and 28 more related deaths.