RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas – Texas is on the road to reopening and it’s happening this week.
Governor Greg Abbott announced his shelter in place executive order will expire this Thursday and he isn’t reinstating it.
“With my new executive order all retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters, and malls can reopen May the first,” said Abbott.
Governor Greg Abbott said phase one begins Friday and those mentioned can open at 25% capacity.
If there is no spike in COVID-19 in Texas over the next two weeks, then more businesses can open, this time at 50 % capacity.
“We want to make sure we opened up as quickly as possible, but as safely as possible,” said Abbott.
Many are wondering what about the barber shops, hair salons, gyms and even bars?
Governor Abbott says he thinks all those will be open by mid-May.
“The strategy would be to have one customer in per salon worker, but the fact of the matter is they remain physically close to each other, the goal is to find safe ways in which people can work in close contact with customers,” said Abbott.
Governor Abbott strategies are based off a reopen Texas task force he has created with doctors, medical staff and business professionals.
David Oliveira is one of the 39 members of Governor Abbott’s strike task force and is a local attorney based in the Rio Grande Valley.
“I’ve been sharing with him some of the concerns of our judges,” said Oliveira, “The border area is a unique area, we have Mexican nationals that are coming across you know the malls are going to be open starting May first and I’ve expressed that concern to him. He’s assured me his health advisors are going to be watching.”
Oliveira said the Valley has handled the shelter in place order well and hopes even with the re-openings, people continue to be cautious.
“Continue to practice social distancing and if you’re one of the vulnerable populations 60 and over, please stay at home if you wish, don’t feel the need to go out,” said Oliveira.
On May 1st all libraries and museums can also open at 25% capacity, but all hands-on exhibits must remain closed.
Outdoor sports are allowed now if it’s less than four people playing at one time. “It’s entrepreneurs who drive the Texas economy. They need to be unleashed to restore livelihoods while all of us remain focused on protecting the lives of our fellow Texans. We are Texans, we got this,” said Gov. Abbott.
For a full look at Governor Abbott’s new order, visit here. https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/organization/opentexas/OpenTexas-Report.pdf?fbclid=IwAR0XZIY7GH3LojVO5-sbvrlaJpPoU_PsRsEPDheTBAdOLdxS32-vBLfZgWU
When Governor Abbott’s executive order expires, masks will no longer be required, but they will be strongly encouraged.
Governor Abbott’s order supersedes any local orders, which means on Friday no one should be fined for not wearing a mask.