What action has the governor taken on re-openings?
Governor Abbott was joined today by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, House
Speaker Dennis Bonnen, and several state health officials to announce certain
re-openings for different parts of the state. The governor issued two new
executive orders, GA-30 and GA-31, to carry out his new re-opening plan.
Acknowledging that a one-size-fits-all approach isn’t ideal in a
state as large as Texas, the governor’s plan authorizes certain businesses to
reopen based on the COVID-19 hospitalization rate within the trauma service area in which
the business is located. If the COVID-19 hospitalization rate is less than
15% for seven consecutive days within a trauma service area, that indicates
that the region is safe enough to allow for additional re-openings. Of the 22
trauma service areas in Texas, 19 of those are under the 15% indicator. The
three regions that are not included, and therefore may not yet expand
business re-openings, are Victoria, Laredo, and the Rio Grande Valley.
The following businesses within the 19 regions with 15% or lower
COVID-19 hospitalization rates may reopen to 75% capacity beginning on
Monday, September 21: retail, restaurants, office buildings, manufacturing,
museums, libraries, and gyms. Elective surgeries in those regions may resume,
effective immediately. Additionally, nursing homes facilities, assisted
living centers, state supported living centers, and other long-term
facilities in those regions are allowed to reopen for visitation on September
24, providing they comply with certain health protocols and no new outbreaks
occur. Bars are still not able to re-open.
The League will provide a more detailed analysis of GA-30 and
GA-31 in tomorrow’s update.
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