Gov. Greg Abbott’s stay-at-home order will expire at the end of the month, and certain businesses can open up Friday with a reduced amount of customers.
Retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters and malls can re-open Friday. However, they will be limited to operating at 25% capacity. Museums and libraries will also be allowed to open at 25% capacity, but hands-on exhibits must remain closed.
Abbott's order supersedes those of counties and cities, and businesses can choose to stay closed.
The governor did not give the green light for reopening barbershops, hair salons, bars and gyms. Hopefully, those businesses can open in mid-May, Abbott said.
Along with restaurants and retail, businesses run by sole proprietors can reopen.
Doctors, nurse practitioners, dentists and other healthcare professionals can return to work, but all licensed hospitals must reserve 15 percent capacity for COVID-19 patients.
Churches and places of worship are also allowed to expand their capacity provided safe social distancing measures are still enacted.
Outdoor sports may resume with no more than four people at once, such as golf or tennis.
Abbott recommends that people especially at risk from COVID-19, such as those older than 65 and those with underlying medical conditions, continue to stay at home to limit exposure.