By Alyssa Weems
Governor Greg Abbott issued 3 new Executive Orders on Friday to begin the process of reopening Texas, also announcing that the reopening will come in stages. Reopening Texas will be “driven by data and doctors.”
Abbott’s first Executive Order established the Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas, a team of nationally recognized medical experts and leaders who will advise Abbott on safely reopening Texas.
Under the Governor’s second Executive Order, starting Friday, April 24, retail business will be able to have a temporary “Retail-To-Go” system where customers can have curb-side pick-ups at some retail locations. Under this order, schools will remain closed for the 2019-2020 school year, but teachers will be allowed to have access to their classrooms.
The final Executive Order will loosen restrictions on surgeries. Beginning April 22 through May 9, all licensed health care professionals and facilities must continue to postpone all surgeries that are not medically necessary to diagnose or correct a serious medical condition. Exceptions for this order include: any procedure that, if performed in accordance with the commonly accepted standard of clinical practice, would not deplete the hospital capacity or the PPE needed to cope with COVID-19, or any surgery or procedure performed in a licensed health care facility that has certified in writing to Texas HHSC.
Openings will began this Friday to business with minimal or no threat to exposure. On April 27, more openings will be announced after input from medical staff and advisors. In May, if COVID-19 begins to decline, more opens would occur.
For more information regarding Governor Abbott’s 3 Executive Orders, visit https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-issues-executive-order-establishing-strike-force-to-open-texas.