Texas to loosen restrictions on malls, movie theaters in staggered reopening

Texas to loosen restrictions on malls, movie theaters in staggered reopening

AUSTIN, Texas — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monday he will let his statewide stay-at-home order expire later this week, giving the green light to businesses to begin reopening in phases while the state racks up new cases of the coronavirus.

Abbott said restaurants, retail stores, malls, movie theaters, libraries and museums could largely reopen across the state this Friday, so long as they limit the number of visitors to 25 percent of their capacity for at least two weeks as the state monitors the spread of Covid-19. He said that if counties don’t see a resurgence of cases, businesses could increase customer capacity to 50 percent around May 18. Business in counties with 5 or fewer cases could start operating with increased capacity this Friday.

“The more we do to protect our vulnerable senior populations, the faster we can open up businesses in Texas,” Abbott said at press conference in Austin.