Texas open businesses Friday – Gov. Greg Abbott

Texas businesses may open Friday Gov. Greg Abbott’s says stay at home order expires Thursday. while Texas malls, stores, movie theaters and restaurants may open the next day with 25% occupancy. Barber shops, hair salons, gyms, massage establishments, tattoo parlors, video arcades and bowling alleys must wait until mid-May at the earliest to reopen, he said.

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Outdoor sports such as golf and tennis may resume with no more than four participants in a match, and they must observe social distancing guidelines, he said. Businesses will be free to choose not to open, and in less populated counties with five or fewer confirmed cases, they will be able to open at 50% capacity, he said.

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Museums and public libraries may reopen, again with the 25% capacity limitation, though they’re not required to, Abbott said. Saying they want to be as cautious as possible, both the Dallas Museum of Art and Nasher Sculpture Center said Monday they have no plans to reopen Friday.

Gov.Greg Abbott
Gov.Greg Abbott

“A more strategic approach is required to ensure that we don’t reopen only to have to close down again, so consistent with CDC guidelines and based on advice from infectious disease specialists we will open Texas businesses in phases,” Abbott.

His announcements comes as more states plan phased reopening of their economies, despite public health professionals having repeatedly stressed the dangers of relaxing social distancing measures too early.

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