Restrictions Continuing to Lift Statewide as More Businesses Re-Open

On May 18, Gov. Abbott announced his next wave of reopenings designed to restart the Texas economy during the coronavirus pandemic, saying child care facilities can reopen immediately and bars can open Friday (May 22) with 25% occupancy limits. Abbott also said he would permit restaurants to operate at 50% capacity starting Friday (May 22), up from 25% that’s allowed now.

Here is the latest round of reopenings:

May 18

  • Abbott reopened massage services, electrolysis, waxing, tattoo studios, piercing studios, and hair loss treatment and growth services effective Monday (May 18).
  • Child care centers and youth clubs are now reopened.
  • Gyms, office buildings, and manufacturing sites reopened Monday (May 18) at 25% occupancy.

May 22

  • Bars, craft breweries, and wine tasting rooms can all open at 25% capacity.
  • Restaurants previously at 25% capacity can up their patronage to 50% of occupancy.
  • Movie theaters, retail, museums, and libraries all must stay at 25% capacity for an undetermined amount of time.
  • Bowling alleys, bingo halls, rodeos, equestrian events, simulcasting businesses, and skating rinks can reopen at 25% capacity.
  • Aquariums, natural caverns open for tourism, and “similar facilities” can reopen up to 25% of capacity.

May 29

  • Zoos can reopen at “25% of the normal operating limits as determined by the zoo owner.”

May 31

  • Professional basketball, baseball, car racing, football, golf, softball, and tennis leagues will be allowed to reopen on a case-by-case basis without in-person spectators.
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