Austin, Texas — During a press conference today, Governor Greg Abbott announced Phase II of his Strike Force to Reopen Texas’s “ongoing plan to safely and strategically open Texas while minimizing the spread of COVID-19”. This second phase of Open Texas loosens some restrictions immediately and continues rollbacks through the end of May, with occupancy levels and other health protocols dictated by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).
As of today, child care centers, massage and personal-care centers, and youth clubs may open. Beginning Friday, May 22nd, restaurants are allowed 50% occupancy levels, and rodeo and equestrian events, bowling alleys, bingo halls, simulcast racing, skating rinks, bars (at 25% occupancy), aquariums, and natural caverns may also reopen to the public. On Friday, May 29th, zoos may reopen, followed on Sunday, May 31st, by day youth camps, overnight youth camps, youth sports, and certain professional sports without in-person spectators.
Governor Abbott also announced that public schools in Texas have the option to provide in-person summer school so long as they follow social distancing practices and health protocols laid out by DSHS. These classes may begin as soon as Monday, June 1st.
The updated Open Texas Checklists with the Texas Department of State Health Services’ minimum standard health protocols for each of the services described in GA-23 may be found at https://gov.texas.gov/organization/opentexas.