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Texas allows opening of more businesses

Posted at 3:28 PM, May 05, 2020

With many Texas businesses already reopened since the start of a phased-in plan to re-emerge from the pandemic, Gov. Greg Abbott is offer more insight into the state's response to COVID-19, ABC 13 in Houston reports.

As of today, Texas has 32,332 cases and 884 deaths. As of today, Louisiana has 29,996 cases and 2,042 deaths. Texas' population is 29 million, compared to Louisiana's population of 5 million.

Last Friday, Texas restaurants, malls and movie theaters were allowed to begin reopening at 25 percent capacity and with social distancing as part of Abbott's first phase. Beaches and state parks were also reopened.

Hair salons and barbershops remained closed after the reopenings, but on Tuesday, Abbott said those businesses can welcome back customers on Friday with limits, the station reports. Those recommended limits include maintaining 6-foot separation between clients and masks for customers and stylists. Similar to the malls and restaurants, salons are allowed to open but not required.

Gyms and fitness facilities were also not allowed to reopen past last Friday, but the governor allowed them to reopen on May 18, also with conditions. On top of maintaining 25 percent capacity, six feet social distancing, disinfecting surfaces, and the closure of gym showers and locker rooms are required, the station reports.

Here's the full story, including the Governor's press conference.