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April 2020 ι VOLUME 11 ι ISSUE 3
Work In Texas
Phase 1 Texas Reopens for Business
On Monday, April 27,2020, Governor Greg Abbott announced the startup of the Texas economy after the two week stay at home declaration. The stay at home order will expire April 30th and Texans will begin Phase I , reopening certain businesses at 25 percent of their normal capacity to serve customers. Museums, retail stores, malls, movie theaters, and libraries may open starting May 1, 2020. Local county health officials will mnnitor COVID-19 cases. If there is no resurgence, business capacity will move to 50 percent by mid-May.

Abbott also emphasized the number of open and available jobs in Texas, pointing to the over 480,000 job openings in WorkInTexas.com, the state's job board. He encouraged individuals to search the site for jobs posted by employers hiring now, and connect to the local workforce solutions centers for employment assistance.

Phase I of the governor's plan will allow doctors to perform elective surgeries and dentists to treat patients. The governor stated, "Opening Texas must occur in phases", and he stressed precautions for the most vulnerable individuals in our communities. Businesses that have high contact with their consumers, such as barber shops, hair salons, and gyms, will not open in Phase I. Abbott also emphasized an increase in testing capabilities for COVID-19.

The Governor's publication, Report to Open Texas, is available here. The publication contains information and check lists for businesses and citizens to responsibly move forward during this health crisis.

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