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Posted on: April 28, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Governor Abbott Announces Phased Plan to Reopen Texas Economy During COVID-19

On Monday, April 27, Governor Abbott announced a phased plan to reopen Texas during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Governor Abbott and members of his Strike Force to Open Texas Team announced a phased plan to safely open up Texas businesses.  Phase one of the plan is scheduled to begin Friday, May 1 and includes retail businesses, movie theaters, malls and restaurants.  Occupancy must be kept at 25 percent.  State-run museums and libraries will also open Friday, however interactive displays will remain closed.

If the virus remains contained, phase two could begin by May 18.  Phase two will allow more businesses to reopen and expand the capabilities of phase one businesses.

Businesses not mentioned in phase one, such as gyms, hair and nail salons, bars and public swimming pools shall remain closed.

The Governor stated that it is not possible to reopen everything all at once in order to prevent a second wave of the virus.

The Governor’s Report to Open Texas is available at

The following are the minimum recommended health protocols for all individuals in Texas:

  • Maintain at least 6 feet separation from other individuals not within the same household.
  • Self-screen before going into a business for any new or worsening signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Wash or disinfect hands upon entering a business and after any interaction with employees, other customers, or items in the business.
  • Consider wearing cloth face coverings (over the nose and mouth) when entering a business, or when within 6 feet of another person who is not a member of the individual’s household.

A quick reference guide is available on the City website and social media in order to assist our businesses in determining the 25 percent occupancy requirement.

Governor Abbott also announced that the stay at home executive order will expire April 30 with no plans to extend it at this time.

Up to date COVID-19 information for the City of Marble Falls is available at

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