AUSTIN — An executive order issued by Gov. Greg Abbott to reopen in-store retail shopping, dine-in restaurants, movie theaters, museums, libraries and more took effect May 1 and will continue through May 15.
As Texas, the rest of the United States and the world’s nations seek to balance cries for increased commercial activity — and the jobs that result — while also containing the spread of the deadly influenza-like virus, COVID-19, Abbott’s order allows most venues to operate at up to 25% of their total listed occupancy with certain other conditions applying.
For example, shopping malls may operate at up to 25% of their total listed occupancy. However, their foodcourt dining areas, play areas and interactive displays and settings must remain closed.
Abbott’s order, in accordance with guidelines issued by White House and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reminds Texans that schools remain closed to in-person classroom attendance by students through the end of the 2019-2020 school year.
Meanwhile, teachers and staff are encouraged to continue to work remotely from home if possible but may return to campuses to conduct remote video instruction and perform administrative duties under strict terms required by the Texas Education Agency.
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