Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Friday ordered the shutdown of all cafes and bars that generate at least 51 percent of sales from the sale of alcoholic beverages.
This may still be delivered or collected by customers.
Restaurants will remain open for the time being, but may only use half of the available capacity from Monday.
Outdoor gatherings with more than 100 people now require permission from the local government.
In Texas, the number of hospital admissions by Covid-19 has tripled since late May. In the metropolis of Houston, the intensive care departments have been completely full since Thursday.
The governor had already indicated that more stringent measures would be taken to curb the further spread of the coronavirus if more than 10 percent of people were tested positive.
Currently, that percentage is 11.76.