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Governor Abbott Details Phase II of Opening Texas

May 18, 2020

Today, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-23, which outlines Phase II of the expanded opening of Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster.  Under Phase II, the below services may open on the dates specified.  Minimum standard health protocols have been established for the newly-announced opened services, and all sporting and camp activities must follow special safety standards. 

  • May 18th – Child care centers, massage and personal-care centers, and youth clubs;
  • May 22nd – Rodeo and equestrian events, bowling alleys, bingo halls, simulcast racing, skating rinks, bars at 25% occupancy, aquariums and natural caverns;
  • May 29th – Zoos; and
  • May 31st – Day youth camps, overnight youth camps, youth sports, and certain professional sports without in-person spectators.

Additionally, businesses located in office buildings may open if they limit their occupancy to 10 employees or 25% of their workforce, whichever is greater.  Further, restaurants may expand their occupancy to 50% beginning May 22nd.  However, the occupancy limits for bars and restaurants do not apply to outdoor areas that maintain safe distancing among parties. Executive Order GA-19, relating to hospital capacity, which allows healthcare professionals to continue to practice if they comply with emergency rules issued by their respective licensing agencies, remains in effect. For additional details and a full list of guidelines, please visit here.