When Will Texas Go Back to Work?

Few states are reopening faster than Texas, where stay-at-home orders expired at the end of April.

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Following a stay-at-home order, which expired at the end of April, Texas began allowing some businesses to reopen. Governor Greg Abbott

What is open, what is closed?

Texas is one of the few states that have eased the restrictions on many businesses.

The following businesses are allowed to reopen in Texas:

  • Restaurants
  • Malls
  • Retail stores
  • Movie theaters
  • Nail salons
  • Barbershops
  • Tanning salons
  • Places of worship
  • Beaches

People are encouraged to wear masks, wash their hands frequently, and maintain social distance.

When can Texas reopen fully?

Abbott wants to reopen the state fully, and intends to allow gyms, offices, and manufacturing reopen on May 18. Businesses must operate at 25% capacity. On May 18, Abbott will debut his plan to reopen restaurants and childcare facilities.

What about Texas counties and cities with more stringent guidelines?

Initially, Abbott gave cities and counties latitude to issue restrictions at the local level.

But Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a letter to Bexar, Dallas and Travis counties, plus the cities of Austin and San Antonio for enforcing restrictions that are stricter than what the governor has outlined. The cities and counties have been threatened with lawsuits if they don’t abide by the state’s order.


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