TEXAS – Despite mounting deaths related to COVID-19 in Texas, like in many states, a phased approach to reopening the economy continues.
Beginning on May 8, hair, nail and tanning salons were permitted to reopen with occupancy capped at 25 percent. That list included barber shops as well.
Beginning Monday, May 18, that list of businesses was extended to include gyms and exercise facilities. In addition to a maximum occupancy of 25 percent, shower and locker facilities must remain closed, and equipment must be disinfected after each use.
On May 22, Texas bars, bowling alleys, and aquariums were allowed to reopen with restrictions. Restaurants were allowed to expand to 50% capacity.
Day care centers are allowed to open on May 25.
On May 31 summer youth camps are allowed to resume. Certain professional sports including basketball, baseball, football, golf, and softball can resume without spectators.
In Texas, as of May 23, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services, there are 53,449 confirmed cases of COVID-19. So far, 1,480 fatalities in Texas have been attribute to the virus. More than 1,688 people are currently hospitalized and an estimated 32,277 patients have recovered from the virus.
In response to an unprecedented number of unemployment claims, the Texas Workforce Commission has expanded call centers to seven days a week. Call 800-939-6631 to be connected.
The CDC is currently advising that people avoid close contact with those that are sick via social distancing. It also advises avoiding touching your face and to wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
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