RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas – The COVID-19 pandemic has virtually shut down Texas. Many people are out of work and at home until the pandemic is over. Friday, Governor Greg Abbott’s announced his plan to reopen the state and get the economy moving again in phases.
“Should pose minimal to no threat of expanding COVID-19,” said the Governor.
Today is the first step in reopening Texas. State parks across the Lone Star State are open.
The governor’s executive order will require visitors of state parks to wear face masks, limit groups to no more than five people and practice social distancing. Dr. Jose Campo Maldonado believes it’s good for people to get fresh air.
“It has a relaxing effect to see the greenery to see the landscape and I think some people will need that more than others,” Said Maldonado.
There are nearly 19,000 confirmed cases in Texas and here in the valley, nearly 600 people have tested positive for the virus. The Governor told residents on Friday that state parks have stepped up safeguards for visitors. Dr. Maldonado urges people to still practice precaution while enjoying the park.
“If you don’t expect to have hand washing and you’re going to be in contact with a highly touched surface then you need to bring with you the hand sanitizer,” Maldonado said.
The Governor adds there will be additional openings after he advises with medical staff on April 27th and more openings in May.