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Gov. Abbott announces Phase 3 of Texas reopening; capacity limit expanded to 50% for most businesses

Most outdoor areas are not subject to capacity limits, the governor said.

Author: Jeff Bell

Published: 5:11 PM CDT June 3, 2020

Updated: 6:05 PM CDT June 3, 2020

AUSTIN, Texas — On Wednesday, Gov. Greg Abbott announced the third phase of reopening businesses in Texas amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Under the governor’s plan, most Texas businesses will be allowed to operate at 50% capacity, effective immediately. That includes businesses currently operating at 25% capacity, such as bars, gyms and indoor wedding venues. Video game facilities can also open at 50% capacity.

Most outdoor areas are not subject to capacity limits, the governor said.

“The people of Texas continue to prove that we can safely and responsibly open our state for business while containing COVID-19 and keeping our state safe,” said Abbott. “As anticipated, the new positive cases that we are seeing are largely the result of isolated hot spots in nursing homes, jails and meatpacking plants. Thanks to the effectiveness of our Surge Response Teams, we have the ability to contain those hot spots while opening up Texas for business.”


Abbott said as the state begins Phase III, all Texans and Texas businesses are asked to continue following the standard health protocols and guidance of state and federal officials monitoring COVID-19.

“If we remain vigilant, we will continue to mitigate the spread of this virus, protect public health and get more Texans back to work and their daily activities,” he said.

Source: https://www.wfaa.com/article/news/health/coronavirus/greg-abbott-texas-reopening-businesses-phase-3-coronavirus-covid19/269-37eb6d74-4044-4222-b07f-485fe5943898

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