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Governor Abbott Releases New COVID-19 Guidelines

On Monday, May 18, Governor Abbott gave an update on what the state is doing in response to COVID-19.


During the press conference, Gov. Abbott announced Texas is prepared to enter phase two for reopening the state.


New guidance announced for May 22 includes:

  • bars
  • bowling alleys
  • rodeo and equestrian events
  • aquariums
  • natural caverns

Other guidance effective for May 18 includes:

  • child care centers
  • massage, personal care, tattoo and other beauty services
  • youth clubs
  • youth sports
  • gyms
  • manufacturers
  • offices

A full list of theses businesses that are able to open, and the guidelines for them, can be found on the governor's website.


Gov. Abbott also announced that all child care programs are able to reopen on May 18 and starting on May 22, a large list of businesses such as restaurants will be able to reopen with a greater capacity.



Also on May 22, bars, wine tasting rooms and breweries will be able to reopen at 25% capacity if they follow the guidelines.


On May 31, youth sports camps will be able to reopen, according to Gov. Abbott. Summer camps, daytime and overnight camps will also be able to reopen on May 31.


Some professional sports will also be able to return on May 31, including golf, auto racing, baseball, softball, tennis and basketball.

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