5 things Houstonians need to know for Tuesday, April 28

Health care workers wearing scrubs and face masks watch as protesters hold an "Open Texas" rally at the Texas State Capitol, Saturday, April 25, 2020, in Austin, Texas. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Texas is under stay-at-home orders except for essential workers and businesses. (AP Photo/Eric Gay) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Here are things you need to know for Tuesday, April 28:

1. Gov. Greg Abbott announces stay home order to expire Thursday, some businesses to reopen Friday

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monday that he will allow his statewide “stay home” order to expire on April 30, and Phase 1 of reopening the Texas economy will begin on May 1.

Abbott said that the reopening of these businesses was on a voluntary basis and business owners could choose whether to reopen.

Abbott said that he aimed for Phase 2 of the reopening to begin on May 18. For that to happen, he said Texas needed to ensure there weren’t any new flare-ups of coronavirus in the time that Phase 1 was implemented.

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2. Harris County judge says she will amend mask order to conform with Gov. Abbott’s order. See how other local leaders reacted

Hidalgo issued a controversial order last week requiring all Harris County residents to wear a mask in public for 30 days. If people did not comply with the order, she said the penalty could be a $1,000 fine and up to 180 days in jail. Abbott’s Monday order superseded her order and he said that while masks were encouraged, they were not mandated.