Coronavirus Surge Forces Texas to Pause Reopening Plan, Elective Surgeries
Many venues were allowed to reopen in early May
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) announced today that the state will pause any further reopening as the state continues to report record increases in COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases and hospitalizations.
Businesses that were permitted to open under the previous phases can continue to operate at the designated occupancy outlined by the Texas Department of State Health Services, according to statement from Abbott’s office.
“The last thing we want to do as a state is go backwards and close down businesses. This temporary pause will help our state corral the spread until we can safely enter the next phase of opening our state for business,” Abbott said in the release. Many businesses in Texas were granted permission to reopen in May. Restaurants, gyms, retailers, professional sports, bars and other venues were allowed to reopen with reduced capacity. It wasn’t immediately made clear which businesses wouldn’t be allowed to be reopen moving forward or when the order would be lifted.
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