TIMELINE: Second step in governor’s plan to reopen Texas begins Wednesday

Here are the dates he announced

AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 29: Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced the US Army Corps of Engineers and the state are putting up a 250-bed field hospital at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in downtown Dallas during a press conference at the Texas State Capitol in Austin, Sunday, March 29, 2020. The space can expand to nearly 1,400 beds. Joining him are Texas Division of Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd (left) and former State Representative Dr. John Zerwas (right). (Photo by Tom Fox-Pool/Getty Images)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 29: Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced the US Army Corps of Engineers and the state are putting up a 250-bed field hospital at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in downtown Dallas during a press conference at the Texas State Capitol in Austin, Sunday, March 29, 2020. The space can expand to nearly 1,400 beds. Joining him are Texas Division of Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd (left) and former State Representative Dr. John Zerwas (right). (Photo by Tom Fox-Pool/Getty Images) (2020 Getty Images)

HOUSTON – Gov. Greg Abbott set the state on a road to reopen with an announcement last week that outlined steps to ease some coronavirus restrictions.

The first step happened Monday. The second step starts Wednesday and the third step starts Friday.

Here’s what you need to know about Abbott’s plan.

April 20

An executive order will allow state parks to reopen Monday, April 20. Park visitors must wear face coverings or masks, stay 6 feet away from anyone who is not a member of their household, and limit gatherings to five people or less.

April 22

Beginning Wednesday, April 22 restrictions on elective medical procedures will be loosened. Abbott cited a diagnostic test for suspected cancer as an example.

“This will allow doctors to diagnose and treat more medical conditions without needing to get an exception,” Abbott said.


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