The Tuesday announcement is the second phase of Texas’ reopening and comes 10 days earlier than the governor’s original mid-May projection. Initially, Abbott said he would loosen more business restrictions on May 18 as long as the state saw "two weeks of data to confirm no flare-up of COVID-19."
More reopenings — gyms, nonessential manufacturers and offices — are set for May 18. Last week, Abbott had promised that bars would also be opened soon. However, on Tuesday he stopped short of putting a date on allowing bars to reopen because experts are still figuring out how to do so safely.
Here’s how this next round of reopenings will work: