Governor Abbott’s Announcement on Opening Re-Opening Businesses
Governor Greg Abbott today announced the reopening of Texas for business. His Stay at Home order will expire April 30.
Phase 1 starts May 1 and supersedes local orders per the Governor. Businesses that can open at 25% capacity starting May 1 include movie theatres, retail, malls, museums and libraries (except for interactive displays). Sole proprietors can open. Places of worship can expand their capacity. Outdoor sports with only four people together can be done. Medical offices can open. Hospitals can more fully open, while reserving 50% of capacity for Covid-19 patients. All of these include social distancing, providing for the most vulnerable population and may include some other requirements that can be found in the Governor’s guide/manual for reopening Texas to business. Wearing face masks are suggested but not required.
Testing will be increased. If Phase 1 goes well ( if there is no flare-up in Covid-19 – looking at hospitalization rate and deaths – watch for hot spots), Phase 2 will go into effect around May 18. Bars, hair and nail salons and gyms may get to open at that time.
Full details can be found in the Governor’s manual at gov.tx.gov/opentexas.