Reopening Texas: Bars, bowling alleys, bingo halls among businesses that can reopen Friday


HOUSTON – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is allowing businesses to reopen after being closed for months in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Here’s a closer look at the businesses that are allowed to reopen and when. Abbott has said that just because the business is allowed to reopen does not mean it is required to reopen. He said business owners can use their judgment about when it is best to reopen.

For more information about the rules regulating the reopenings, go to

May 22

  • Bars, breweries and wine tasting establishments at 25% capacity
  • Bowling alleys
  • Aquariums
  • Rodeo and equestrian events
  • Bingo halls
  • Simulcast racing
  • Skating rinks
  • Natural caverns
  • Restaurants can operate at 50% capacity

May 29

  • Zoos

May 31

  • Day Youth Camps
  • Overnight Youth Camps
  • Youth Sports
  • Certain professional sports without in-person spectators

What’s already allowed to reopen

  • Child care centers
  • Massage and personal-care, beauty services
  • Youth clubs
  • Youth sports
  • Gyms/exercise Facilities
  • Manufacturers
  • Office-based employers
  • Barbershops
  • Cosmetology/hair salons
  • Nail salons/shops
  • Tanning salons
  • Churches and places of worship
  • Movie theaters
  • Museums and libraries
  • Outdoor sports
  • Parks, beaches and bodies of water
  • Restaurants, operating at 25% capacity
  • Retailers, operating at 25% capacity
  • Single person offices
  • Wedding reception venues
  • Wedding venues