Editor's note: A lot happened this week, so here's your chance to get caught up. Read on for the week's most popular headlines.
1. UT Southwestern sounds alarm on COVID-19 surging in Dallas-Fort Worth. Dallas County was seeing an increasing number of coronavirus cases every day for nearly two weeks, and healthcare professionals sounded an alarm. In a live presentation June 22, infectious disease specialists from UT Southwestern Medical Center shared a model predicting that Dallas-Fort Worth will see a surge in COVID-19 cases in the coming weeks, and cautioned residents to remain diligent in their precautions as a way to stave it off.
2. TABC suspends 2 Dallas bars for not following safe COVID-19 policies. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission suspended a dozen bars across Texas last weekend, part of an initiative to make sure bars were observing best practices to curb coronavirus. That included two bars in Dallas. (On Friday, June 26, Gov. Greg Abbott shut down all bars in Texas in response to a COVID-19 surge.)
3. Face masks are now a mandatory thing in Dallas County. Dallas is finally on board with mandatory masks. After much back and forth between Dallas County and the state of Texas, the Dallas County Commissioners Court voted to require that businesses tell customers to wear face masks or face a fine of up to $500. The measure was adopted during a June 19 emergency meeting called by Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.
4. Chic new black-owned restaurant-cocktail bar lands in downtown Dallas. A food & beverage veteran from Houston is opening a plush new restaurant and bar in downtown Dallas. Called True Kitchen + Kocktails, it will open at 1933 Elm St. the historic Hart Building in downtown Dallas behind the Majestic Theatre, with comfort food, craft cocktails, live music, and DJs.
5. Texas could be home to 4 of country's 10 largest cities in 2021, expert says. It appears Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio soon will welcome Austin as a new member of their elite club — the 10 largest cities in the U.S. As it stands now, Austin ranks as the 11th largest city in the country. But a new projection indicates that sometime next year, Austin will leapfrog San Jose, California to claim the No. 10 spot.