State of Texas & Governor Abbott Updates
IMPORTANT UPDATE from the State of Texas & Governor Abbott:
Governor Abbott’s Emergency Health Order requires schools, bars, clubs and gyms to close and for restaurants to offer only "to go" service effective 11:59 p.m. March 20 until 11:59 p.m. April 3, subject of extension based on the status of COVID-19 in Texas and recommendations of the CDC.
Governor Abbott’s Statewide Essential Service and Activity COVID-19 Order defined out what businesses are considered essential and stressed the importance of social distancing. He also extended the temporary closure if schools until May 4th, 2020. It also expanded his previous order to close tattoo studios, piercing studios and and cosmetology salons. This order also prohibited vising in nursing homes, state supported living centers, assisted living facilities, or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance. He also extended the previous order through April 30th.
Gov. Abbott announced on April 7th the closure of all Texas State Parks beginning at 5 pm on April 7th. In order to maintain the safest environment for visitors, volunteers and staff. The Texas State Park system hosted nearly 740,000 day and overnight visitors throughout the month of March.
Gov. Abbott held a press conference on April 17th to discuss his Strike Force to Open Texas, while remaining safe and strategic. He also signed an Executive order to reopen the state. View his executive order, guidance for employers, employees and customers as well as more information on his Strike Force to Open Texas below.
Gov Abbott held a press conference on April 21st to discuss more on the state’s response to COVID-19. He mentions the Public/Drive-Thru Testing GIS maps to where people can find testing in their area. But the suggestions to check out the following page first on tops to consider before picking a testing location and on how to get your COVID-19 test results. Governor Abbott also discussed deploying of more than 1,200 personal to increase testing by over 3,500 more (on top of existing testing sites) across the state. You can read more on that here.
Here is the FREE Texas (state-wide) website to help connect employers and employees in the state of Texas. Employers can post job opening and find candidates, as well as employees searching for jobs, based on topic and region.
Gov Abbott held a press conference on April 27th to discuss further steps and progress updates on reopening Texas. He covered testing results and numbers, instructions and advice for medical and nursing homes, the state’s strategy so far and moving forward and the next phases to open the State of Texas. You can read more in the Open Texas Report PDF from the Governor’s Office by clicking here.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW GOVERNOR ABBOTT’S APRIL 27 EXECUTIVE ORDER - Relating to expanding travel without restrictions as part of the safe, strategic plan to Open Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster
The State of Texas has compiled a Texas COVID-19 website to help make navigating their information easier. Click here to head over to the Texas Coronavirus (COVID-19) website. The interactive webmap for testing that the state put together is located at: COVIDTest.TDEM.Texas.Gov.
Governor Greg Abbott held a Press Conference on May 5, 2020 to update the public on the statewide response to COVID-19 and is expected to soon discuss Phase 2 of the Open Texas plan which is expected to address the expansion of Phase 1 and to allow the opening of bars, salons and tattoo and massage parlors. To read his full order click here.
For an updated checklist based on business type visit Governor Abbott’s Strike Force to Open Texas website and see the updated requirements.
Governor Abbott spoke again around 2 pm on May 18th, updating the businesses allowed to open and shared the State’s outlook for the next two weeks. You can read more on those businesses and see their checklists at the State’s Open Texas website. We know that with all of the state heading there, the website might crash so HERE is a screengrab* of the updates. *To click links and view the checklists you need to visit the Open Texas Website from the hyperlink above.