Rising hospitalizations in the Houston area have led to bars and restaurants being forced by the state to limit occupancy. According to a Community Impact Newspapers story, Trauma Service Area Q, which includes Montgomery, Harris, Fort Bend and six other surrounding counties, restaurants and bars are back to 50-percent capacity from 75-percent capacity, and elective surgeries are being canceled or rescheduled for later. The action follows Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order, GA-32, which went into effect Oct. 14. The restrictions activated when Area Q hospitalizations by COVID-19 patients, as reported by the Texas Department of State Health Services, exceeded 15 percent of the total for more than seven days. As of Jan. 4, it stood at 19.9 percent. The restrictions won’t be eased until there have been seven consecutive days of hospitalizations under 15 percent.