Gov. Greg Abbott's list of businesses that can reopen on May 18, under certain rules

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced his plan to reopen the state's economy amid the coronavirus pandemic, Tuesday, May 5, 2020, in Austin. (Ricardo B. Brazziell/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

Restaurants, retail stores, movie theaters, malls, museums, libraries, churches and places of worship were allowed to start reopening at 25 percent occupancy levels on May 1. If state data shows there is no spike in COVID-19 cases, phase two would allow other businesses to resume operations on May 18 and for already-opened businesses to increase occupancy levels.

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Indoor wedding venues and receptions may resume immediately, at 25 percent occupancy. Salons, barbershops and swimming pools can reopen May 8.

Additional businesses that may reopen at 25 percent occupancy on May 18 include:

  • Gyms and exercise facilities; locker rooms and showers must remain closed
  • Businesses in office buildings may reopen with 25 percent of their total workforce
  • Manufacturing services

The public is still prohibited from visiting bars, tattoo studios, bowling alleys, amusement parks, water parks and massage parlors, per the executive order.

As of May 5, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases statewide had risen to 34,134 with a total of 937 deaths, according to the Houston Chronicle's data team. The Houston region count had risen to 10,391, with a death count of 225.

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