WATER PARKS, FOOD COURT AREAS IN MALLS NOW ALLOWED TO OPEN; REC SPORTS FOR ADULTS CAN RESUME SUNDAY

  

More facilities and activities in Texas can open this weekend, as part of the latest reopening orders from Governor Greg Abbott.

Governor Greg Abbott

Early this week, Abbott issued a proclamation expanding the list of services and activities that can open under Phase II of the state’s reopening plan.

As of Friday, water parks can now open, but they must limit their occupancy to 25 percent of normal operating limits.  Components of these water parks that have video arcades need to remain closed.

Starting tomorrow (Sunday), recreational sports programs for adults can resume, but games and similar competitions will not be allowed until June 15th.

Driver education programs have been given the green light, and food court dining areas within shopping malls can resume operations.  However, tables will be limited to six individuals, with six feet distance separating people sitting at different tables.  Tables must also be cleaned and disinfected between uses, and mall staff must ensure no condiments or other items are left on tables between customer uses.

This week, Abbott also revised a decision to let professional sports leagues host events without in-person spectators, saying outdoor sports venues, as of Friday, could host up to 25 percent of their normal capacity of fans.  The revision does not remove the ban for indoor sporting events, and does not address college or high school athletics.

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