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Governor's Strike Force to Open Texas

Date Published
May 19, 2020
Business, Community Involvement, Events, General Info, Travel

Governor Abbott announced the second phase of the State of Texas' ongoing plan to safely and strategically open Texas.

The following services and activities may open under Phase II: child care centers, massage centers, youth clubs, rodeo and equestrian events, bowling alleys, bingo halls, simulcast racing, skating rinks, bars, aquariums, zoos, youth camps, youth sports and certain professional sports without in-person spectators.

Under Phase II, restaurants may increase their occupancy to 50 percent beginning May 22. Additionally, public schools in Texas have the option to provide in-person summer school so long as they follow social distancing practices and health protocols. These classes may begin as soon as June 1.

Businesses located in office buildings may also open but must limit their occupancy to the greater of 10 employees or 25 percent of their workforce.

"Today, tomorrow, and every day going forward is one step closer to medical discoveries that can treat and protect people from COVID-19 – but until that day comes, our focus is keeping Texans safe while restoring their ability to get back to work, open their businesses, pay their bills, and put food on their tables," said Governor Abbott.

For details and a full list of guidelines, openings, and relevant dates, visit: