Stay home order expires April 30

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Posted 4/27/20

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monday afternoon that stay-at-home orders will expire at the end of April, and some businesses in the state will be allowed to reopen if they adopt “safe …

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Stay home order expires April 30

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monday afternoon that stay-at-home orders will expire at the end of April, and some businesses in the state will be allowed to reopen if they adopt “safe standards.”

The phased reopening of non-essential businesses includes retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters and malls with a limited occupancy of 25%.  Phase two would allow 50% capacity.

The first phase does not allow for the opening of barbershops, hair salons, nail salons or gyms.  The second phase should come in mid-May, Abbott said.

During his announcement Monday, Abbott said state residents should be encouraged to wear face coverings or masks when in public, but said he would not mandate their use, unlike Harris County Judge Linda Hidalgo has done in the state’s largest county.

Abbott said his order would supersede all local orders, some of which have been stronger than prior state orders.

Under phase one, museums and libraries will be allowed to re-open, and churches can expand capacity.  Outdoor sports activities will also be allowed as long as there four participants or less, like golf and tennis.

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