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What to know about Phase 2 of Texas business reopening

Posted May 20, 2020

Gov. Greg Abbott announced the second phase of an ongoing plan to safely and strategically open Texas while minimizing the spread of COVID-19. Under Phase 2, restaurants may increase their occupancy to 50% and additional services and activities that remained closed under Phase 1 may open, some with certain restrictions .

The governor has also provided recommendations on safety precautions for each business. A full list of restrictions and recommendations for each business that can operate under phase 2 can be found on the Open Texas website.

Under the governor’s current order, GA-23, these services and activities may open under Phase 2.

  • Child care centers (May 18).
  • Massage and personal-care centers (May 18).
  • Youth clubs (May 18).
  • Rodeo and equestrian events (May 22).
  • Bowling alleys, bingo halls, simulcast racing and skating rinks (May 22).
  • Bars (May 22).
  • Aquariums and natural caverns (May 22).
  • Zoos (May 29).
  • Day youth camps (May 31).
  • Overnight youth camps (May 31).
  • Youth sports (May 31).
  • Certain professional sports without in-person spectators (May 31).

View a graphic that shows Phase 2 openings.

Businesses located in office buildings may also open but must limit their occupancy to the greater of 10 employees or 25% of their workforce.

Beginning May 22, restaurants may expand their occupancy to 50%. Additionally, bars — including wine-tasting rooms, craft breweries and similar businesses that hold a Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission permit — may open at 25% occupancy but like restaurants, these occupancy limits do not apply to outdoor areas that maintain safe distancing among parties.

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