Texas Governor Greg Abbott detailed his road map to reopen the state as the coronavirus pandemic continues.
Abbott said the statewide executive stay at home order will expire on April 30th.
“It’s done our job, we’re ready to open Texas safely and in phases. We don’t want to reopen just to close again,” said Abbott.
With Abbott’s new executive order, businesses can reopen in phases. The first phase begins Friday, May 1.
All retail stores, movie theaters, restaurants, and malls can open, but at no more than 25% capacity. Counties with five or fewer cases can reopen businesses at 50% capacity.
All licensed healthcare professionals can return to work. Museums and libraries can reopen.
Outdoor sports are allowed with no more than four at a time. Phase 2 will allow more sports.
Texans 65-years-old and older should stay home for now.
Barbershops, hairdressers, gyms will not be able to reopen in the first phase.
“If we can contain the spread of COVID-19 during that time period, we can move to Phase 2 as early as May 18,” said Abbott. He said social distancing will remain very important.
Abbott recommends masks and face coverings statewide, but will not mandate them. He’s removing the authority of local governments to fine people for not wearing them.
As of Monday morning, Texas had 23,773 coronavirus cases, 9,986 recoveries, and 623 deaths.