Gov. Greg Abbott issues order to reopen Texas; closes schools for remainder of year
By SARA VANDEN BERGE
It appears the end of the state’s order for residents to shelter at home is coming to an end.
Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Friday that he is issuing an executive order to begin the process of reopening Texas.
“In typical Texas fashion you have come together to support one another,” Abbott told Texans in a televised news conference. “You helped reduced the number of Texans who needed hospital care…you have saved lives.”
He also said public and private schools in Texas will remain closed for the rest of the school year.
He said guidelines to reopen the state will be guided by “data and doctors.”
“Opening Texas must occur in stages,” he said. “We must put safety first.”
Here are a few highlights from Abbott’s announcement:
• Texas State Parks will reopen Monday. Visitors must wear face coverings, stay six feet apart and not gather in groups of more than five.
• April 22: Restrictions on surgeries will be loosened.
• April 24: Allows all retailers to operate in a “retail to go” capacity, allowing for delivery or curbside service.
• Monday, April 27, Abbott and his strike team will announce more openings in Texas.