TEXAS – Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced a new reopening plan for all but three regions of the state of Texas.
Abbott says businesses in the Greater Houston area and 18 other regions can now expand the business to 75% capacity beginning Monday, September 21.
Limited to restaurants, retail stores, and gyms. Bars are to remain closed.
Just last week, Abbott extended the disaster declaration that has been put into place since March due to increased COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
However, since then, the city of Houston has made a significant shift in positive cases and has slowed down as of September 14th.
Abbott says the number of hospitalizations must drop to at least 15% for seven consecutive days before opening the remaining businesses.
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, says hospital intake numbers are at a steady at the moment, however, Harris County positive cases are still at the severe range which is currently at about 8%. For this reason, she is not fully on board for the increased percentage of reopenings as of yet.
Abbott applauded the City of Houston for doing their parts in taking the virus seriously and continuously wearing face coverings to limit the spread of the virus.
Governor Abbott also expects to distribute out millions of 15-minute COVID-19 tests per month to allow Texans the opportunity to always know their status.