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From Senator Fallon:
Gov Abbott has just announced that Texas will reopen in three phases. His plan is consistent with the protocols and guidance put forth by the White House and the CDC. Public safety and health is of paramount concern and as Texans we can move safely forward and begin to rev up our amazing economy in a few days. The Gov will let his executive orders run out on April 30th and will issue new orders effective May 1st. Overall, here is a synopsis of the plan:
May 1st Phase I
—All Retail can open at 25% customer capacity
—Restaurants, malls, movie theaters, libraries and museums can open at 25% customer capacity
—Sole proprietorships (of which there are nearly one million in Texas) can reopen
—Doctors and Dentists can once again practice and will be limited and guided by their own respective professional governing boards
—Churches can open using social distancing guidelines and practices
***All counties that have 5 or fewer confirmed COVID-19 cases can reopen their retail, restaurants, museums etc...at 50% capacity as of May 1st
Texas is also reserving 15% of all hospital beds for potential/possible/future COVID-19 patients. Mainly to be ready in case of a future surge or outbreak.
If current trends continue as is or improve, the counties at 25% capacity will then be allowed to move to 50% in Phase II which would begin in the May 18. I would presume that the smaller rural counties that were at 50% May very well be allowed to operate at up to normal capacity (100%) at that same time as well.
If the data shows that trends are steady and or improving the plan then calls for Phase III to be implemented sometime as early as June.
No word yet about large sporting events or music concerts and the like. Also waiting on clarification for hair and nail salons, barbers and day spas. Looks like the Gov hopes to allow them to reopen as of May 18th.
We also recognize that all of these strategies and plans must include protecting the vulnerable population (citizens over 65 and/or those with underlying health conditions).
To read Governor Abbott’s Plan in detail please visit the link here: https://gov.texas.gov/…/orga…/opentexas/OpenTexas-Report.pdf