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Governor Abbott Announces New Texas Reopening Steps

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On Monday, May 18, 2020, Governor Abbott announced the immediate reopening of daycare centers and stated that bars and places of other entertainment would be able to reopen partially by the close of this week. At the same time, restaurants will also soon begin allowing more patrons through their doors. The move allows for bars to open at 25 percent capacity and restaurants to make the decision to go to 50 percent capacity. In addition, bowling alleys, rodeos, bingo halls, and aquariums will also be able to open on Friday, May 22, 2020.

Likewise, Governor Abbott noted that overnight camps and youth sports are anticipated to be able to resume by the end of the month, and that summer school could resume at both private as well as public schools, including universities, by June.

Shared on The Dallas Morning News official YouTube channel, the video above captures the announcement specifics, which are the latest in the state’s efforts to reopen for business in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although Texas has seen an increase in new coronavirus cases since reopening started at the beginning of the month, Governor Abbott made special note of key metrics which he said indicates the spread of the virus is being contained. At present, hospitalizations throughout Texas continue to be steady. The percentage of positive test results from throughout the state has declined, he noted. “We are getting through this, but now more than ever we need to work together as one Texas,” he said.

In places such as Amarillo and El Paso, which have incurred recent coronavirus outbreaks, this next course of reopening for the economy will come one week later. In particular, the meatpacking sector in the four counties which entail and surround the city of Amarillo are dealing with a large uptick in virus cases. Due to its increased positive test results, the city of El Paso requested an exemption from Governor Abbott for the next round of Texas business re-openings.