Governor Greg Abbott resumed the state’s reopening effort amid the COVID-19 pandemic today (Thursday) by raising capacity limits for businesses through most of the state of Texas.
At a press conference this afternoon, Abbott said 19 of the 22 hospital regions in Texas currently meet the standards for continued reopening, pointing to dropping hospitalizations in those regions.
For hospital regions with hospitalization rates lower than 15 percent—which at this point excludes the Laredo, Rio Grande Valley, and Victoria regions—businesses that were previously allowed to open up to 50 percent capacity can move up to 75 percent starting Monday. Those businesses include retailers, restaurants, manufacturing, office buildings, museums, libraries, and gyms. Bars are not yet allowed to reopen.
Effective immediately, hospitals in those regions can resume elective surgeries and procedures.
In addition, all nursing home facilities, assisted living centers, state supported living centers, and other long-term care facilities can reopen for visitation, provided that they keep in line with COVID-19 health protocols and do not have an active COVID-19 outbreak. All of those facilities will be allowed to offer essential caregiver visits. This will become effective next Thursday, September 24th, in order to give those facilities time to make any preparations they need.