Governor Abbott Announces Plan to Re-Open Texas

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has employed a mostly decentralized approach, giving cities, counties, school districts and universities the discretion to respond to the new coronavirus however they see fit. Photo credit: Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune

Last Updated on April 17, 2020 – 12:57 PM CDT

Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced plans on Friday to re-open Texas.

Abbott also issued several executive orders, one of which establishes a new strike force for re-opening the Texas economy.

Here are a few highlights from the announcement.

  • April 22 – Loosen current hospital restrictions
  • Update nursing home restrictions
  • Retail – All stores can operate a retail-to-go model starting Friday, April 24
  • Monday, April 20th Texas state parks will re-open – Must have face coverings or masks, no group larger than 5, social distancing required
  • Schools – all closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 year. TEA will give details for public EDU, graduations, etc.
  • April 27 – Governor will announce additional plans/ways to open Texas and loosen restrictions. Considering restaurants, movie theatres, etc…

This is a developing story and subject to change or confirmation of details. Stay Tuned.

For latest specifics about the Governors plan visit:

Gov. Greg Abbott shares plan to reopen businesses in Texas during COVID-19 pandemic

GOVERNOR UPDATE: Gov. Greg Abbott is sharing his plan to start reopening businesses in Texas with no known end in sight to the COVID-19 pandemic.Story here: by KAMR Local 4 News on Friday, April 17, 2020