The middle of March will mark a year since COVID-19 forced the shutdown of businesses, schools and large parts of daily life not just here but around the country. In that time, more than 500,000 people have died from the effects of the novel coronavirus, including more than 300 here in Brazoria County.
After another week that saw local shops closing or heavily affected — this time by weather — weary owners got a bit of good news late Monday afternoon. State officials eased some restrictions, allowing businesses to increase capacity to 75 percent and hospitals to do elective surgeries since the region met the criteria to do so under Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order.