Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order to Expand Openings of Certain Businesses and Activities

On Tuesday, May 5th, Governor Greg Abbott announced that barbershops, nail parlors, hair salons, and tanning businesses can reopen at 25 percent capacity on Friday, May 8.

The Governor’s announcement comes days after lifting restrictions for some, including restaurants and retail establishments, to begin incrementally serving customers starting on May 1.

Businesses under this category are not required to open and should use their best judgment whether it is May 8 or a later date.

Additionally, under the Governor’s Tuesday orders, gyms and exercise facilities, manufacturing sites, and office buildings can reopen on May 18; however, all are required to adhere to guidelines including the 25 percent capacity rule and maintain appropriate social distancing.

Requirements under the “Stay Home, Work Safe” orders from Bexar County and San Antonio are still in effect through May 18. Under those existing guidelines:

  • Residential and commercial real estate are among the essential services that may continue to be provided.
  • Local government operations including county and municipal government operations relating to permitting, recordation, and document-filing services are available.
  • Face masks are required for everyone 10 years of age or older when visiting a public space where it is difficult to stay 6 feet away from others.
    • A civil or criminal penalty will not be imposed on individuals for failure to wear a face covering, consistent with the Governor’s order.
  • Employers that are essential services and reopened services must provide face coverings to employees who are working in an area or activity which will necessarily involve close contact or proximity to co-workers or the public where six feet of separation from other individuals is not feasible.
  • Evictions: moratorium on eviction procedures until June 1. Trials, hearings, and other procedures are suspended; however, landlords could file for an eviction and cases could be heard in Bexar County Justice of the Peace Courts if circumstances exist in which there is present an imminent threat of (i) physical harm to the property owner, their employees, or other tenants, or (ii) criminal activity.
  • Foreclosures: foreclosure proceedings within Bexar County are temporarily suspended during the pendency of this Executive Order to prevent the displacement of occupants during the public health emergency.

For a copy of the latest Executive Order, click here.

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