Today, Governor Greg Abbott shared during his press conference that he will allow the statewide stay at home order to expire on April 30th. He also stated that retail stores, restaurants, malls, and movie theaters would be allowed to open at 25% occupancy starting Friday, May 1st. Other businesses that will be allowed to open at 25% occupancy rates include museums, libraries, churches, sporting activities (of less than four people), and medical practices.
The governor recommends wearing a mask, but is not mandating it and therefore not enforcing Harris County Judge Hidalgo’s mandatory mask order as the State supersedes the County.
Phase two of Governor Abbott’s plan allows for the same businesses listed above to expand to 50% occupancy on Monday, May 18, plus allow hair salons, barber shops, gyms, and bars to open if all of the requirements of Phase 1 are met and the rate of hospitalizations do not increase.
It’s important to note that vulnerable populations should stay at home and the governor said that enhanced measures are being implemented to protect the safety of senior citizens. Please visit the Office of the Texas Governor‘s page for more detailed information.
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