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Governor offers a planned soft re-opening of Texas – schools to remain closed this school year

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Governor Greg Abbott announced three executive orders that will start a soft opening of the social and economic parts of Texas.? {{more:? continue …}}
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Business to go? …
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For businesses it was “retail to go? option beginning April 24, one week from today. This allows business that were closed because they were considered non-essential retail and services to start operations again. Doors will remain closed but operations can remain open for pick-up, delivery by mail or direct delivery to customers.
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However, dining in at restaurants, food courts and bars will remain closed for the time being. The same applies to gyms, massage establishments, tattoo and piercing studios, beauty salons.
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?In the coming days and weeks businesses would be allowed to reopen in stages and that obviously not all businesses can reopen at once, said Abbott. ?Those businesses that are going to be allowed to open first are those that will pose no threat or a minimal threat of spreading the virus.?
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It is expected another announcement will be made April 27, 2020 for additional commercial operations.
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For the medical field …
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Current restrictions on elective surgeries will be removed effective April 22, next Wednesday. The governor said that the need to postpone non-essential procedures has passed since the state has plenty of hospital bed vacancy and because a solid supply chain of personal protective equipment has been established for doctors and nurses.
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For schools …
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?The team of doctors advising us have determined that it would be unsafe to allow students to gather in schools for the foreseeable future. As a result, school classrooms are closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year,” Abbott said. “That includes, all public, private and higher education institutions.”
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Schools, including public and private K-12 programs, as well as, colleges and universities will not re-open this semester for in-class sessions. Further guidance on how to conclude programs and hold graduations as well as how to offer summer semesters will be made available later.
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For State Parks …
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State parks will be allowed to re-open on Monday, April 20, but visitors must wear face coverings or masks, they must maintain a distance of at least six feet from others who are not in their household and they must not gather in groups larger than five this includes camping.
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