This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2020/05/24/texas-coronavirus-bars-bowling-alleys-reopening/.with us.

Texas bars, bowling alleys and other businesses were able to reopen Friday — the start of Memorial Day weekend — as long as they limited the number of customers to 25% of their allowed occupancy. And restaurants were able to start operating at 50% capacity.

The reopenings are part of Gov. Greg Abbott's efforts to revive the state's battered economy, which appears headed for a recession. Even though businesses are allowed to reopen, experts caution that the economic recovery from a statewide shutdown will be slow due to continued fears of the coronavirus, among other factors.

Still, many Texans took advantage of being allowed to again frequent businesses they hadn't visited for several weeks as establishments closed to stop the spread of the virus. Photographers Jordan Vonderhaar and Sergio Flores carefully ventured out, masked and mindful of social distance, to get a sense of how that looked on Friday and Saturday. Here are some of their photos.

A bartender waits for customers at Buck Wild on West 6th street in downtown Austin as bars reopened Friday.
A bartender waits for customers at Buck Wild on West 6th street in downtown Austin as bars reopened Friday. Jordan Vonderhaar for the Texas Tribune
Patrons inside the Blind Pig Pub on West 6th Street in downtown Austin on May 22, 2020.
Patrons inside the Blind Pig Pub on West 6th Street in downtown Austin on May 22, 2020. Jordan Vonderhaar for the Texas Tribune
Patrons enjoy drinks at B.D. Riley's Irish Pub in Austin on May 22, 2020.
Patrons enjoy drinks at B.D. Riley's Irish Pub in Austin on May 22, 2020. Jordan Vonderhaar for the Texas Tribune

 The San Jac Saloon attracts customers with drink specials and live music on Friday.The San Jac Saloon attracts customers with drink specials and live music on Friday. Jordan Vonderhaar for the Texas Tribune

Rae Rucker, 27, has missed her favorite hobby, bowling, during the pandemic.
Rae Rucker, 27, has missed her favorite hobby, bowling, during the pandemic. "There's plenty of space in here to maintain social distancing, which is definitely not the case where I work," the Austin bar employee said. Jordan Vonderhaar for the Texas Tribune

 People wait to cross the street in downtown Austin on May 23, 2020.People wait to cross the street in downtown Austin on May 23, 2020. Sergio Flores for The Texas Tribune

A pair of scooter riders ride through an intersection in downtown Austin on May 23, 2020.
A pair of scooter riders ride through an intersection in downtown Austin on May 23, 2020. Sergio Flores for The Texas Tribune
People walk down the sidewalk in downtown Austin on Saturday.
People walk down the sidewalk in downtown Austin on Saturday. Sergio Flores for The Texas Tribune

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2020/05/24/texas-coronavirus-bars-bowling-alleys-reopening/.with us.

Texas bars, bowling alleys and other businesses were able to reopen Friday — the start of Memorial Day weekend — as long as they limited the number of customers to 25% of their allowed occupancy. And restaurants were able to start operating at 50% capacity.

The reopenings are part of Gov. Greg Abbott's efforts to revive the state's battered economy, which appears headed for a recession. Even though businesses are allowed to reopen, experts caution that the economic recovery from a statewide shutdown will be slow due to continued fears of the coronavirus, among other factors.

Still, many Texans took advantage of being allowed to again frequent businesses they hadn't visited for several weeks as establishments closed to stop the spread of the virus. Photographers Jordan Vonderhaar and Sergio Flores carefully ventured out, masked and mindful of social distance, to get a sense of how that looked on Friday and Saturday. Here are some of their photos.

A bartender waits for customers at Buck Wild on West 6th street in downtown Austin as bars reopened Friday.
A bartender waits for customers at Buck Wild on West 6th street in downtown Austin as bars reopened Friday. Jordan Vonderhaar for the Texas Tribune
Patrons inside the Blind Pig Pub on West 6th Street in downtown Austin on May 22, 2020.
Patrons inside the Blind Pig Pub on West 6th Street in downtown Austin on May 22, 2020. Jordan Vonderhaar for the Texas Tribune
Patrons enjoy drinks at B.D. Riley's Irish Pub in Austin on May 22, 2020.
Patrons enjoy drinks at B.D. Riley's Irish Pub in Austin on May 22, 2020. Jordan Vonderhaar for the Texas Tribune

 The San Jac Saloon attracts customers with drink specials and live music on Friday.The San Jac Saloon attracts customers with drink specials and live music on Friday. Jordan Vonderhaar for the Texas Tribune

Rae Rucker, 27, has missed her favorite hobby, bowling, during the pandemic.
Rae Rucker, 27, has missed her favorite hobby, bowling, during the pandemic. "There's plenty of space in here to maintain social distancing, which is definitely not the case where I work," the Austin bar employee said. Jordan Vonderhaar for the Texas Tribune

 People wait to cross the street in downtown Austin on May 23, 2020.People wait to cross the street in downtown Austin on May 23, 2020. Sergio Flores for The Texas Tribune

A pair of scooter riders ride through an intersection in downtown Austin on May 23, 2020.
A pair of scooter riders ride through an intersection in downtown Austin on May 23, 2020. Sergio Flores for The Texas Tribune
People walk down the sidewalk in downtown Austin on Saturday.
People walk down the sidewalk in downtown Austin on Saturday. Sergio Flores for The Texas Tribune

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2020/05/24/texas-coronavirus-bars-bowling-alleys-reopening/.with us.