AUSTIN — Governor Gregg Abbott spoke with CBS 4 on Thursday to discuss his plan to reopen Texas in the coming weeks.
During the interview, Abbott spoke on the declining number of new cases, getting Texans back to work, and the stages the state will take to open different industries.
According to Abbott, the state will lay out a plan for the state to reopen on Monday.
This plan will gradually open different industries as the state looks to increase economic activity and get residents back to work.
“People need to get back to work, business owners need to open back up,” Abbott exclaimed. “This will not be all of a sudden, things opening back up. It will be a gradual beginning of opening back up.”
Governor Abbott also assured that this plan to reopen is verified by medical professionals.
“The plan is going to be based upon advice from doctors,” said Abbott. “We will outline strategies that we will employ across the state of Texas that make sure we are doing a good job of tracking any potential outbreaks of coronavirus while we’re in the process of opening up.”
Abbott gave an answer to concerns over opening up the state in the midst of a pandemic.
“Our death rate is going down,” assured Abbott. “Texas ranks number two for the number of people who have recovered. More than eight thousand people have recovered.”
A White House report stated that Texas should not open until June, however, Governor Abbott stated that he met with the official who wrote that report and was told it was a great plan.
The governor also made it clear that businesses that break orders issued by the state of Texas will lose operating licenses.
Governor Abbott explained that we have overcome similar challenges while having the economy open.
“This past flu season, which happens every year, we lost about the amount of people we lost to COVID and we didn’t shut down the state of Texas because of that,” commented Abbott. “We can deal with challenges with this just like we did with H1N1.”
Abbott summed up the purpose of his plan to open Texas.
“We can reduce the spread while also gradually opening our economy.”