Gov. Abbott Update: Childcare, Camps, Bars, Massage & More
Gov. Abbott this afternoon provided an update on state case data and upcoming steps in the Open Texas plan, announcing that Texas was officially entering Phase 2. Here are some of the highlights from his press conference, order GA-23 and the regulation checklists available on the Open Texas website:
- Texas is averaging more than 25,000 tests administered per day at more than 600 testing sites across the state, and the rate of positive tests continues to decline.
- Individuals should continue avoiding groups larger than 10, and minimize in-person contacts. Texans should also self-screen for illness before going into any business.
- Texans age 65 and older should continue to stay home as much as possible, and others should avoid being within 6 feet of individuals in that age group to help keep them safe.
- Childcare centers may reopen with restrictions and enhanced sanitation practices in place, including modified drop-off and pick-up procedures, and screening of staff and children upon arrival. Standards for the number of children per caregiver – and square-foot requirements - have also changed.
- Massage, personal care and beauty services including electrolysis, waxing, tattoo studios, piercing studios, and hair loss treatment and growth services, may reopen. Their restrictions are in line with those placed on hair and nail salons.
- Youth Clubs (i.e. scouts, FFA, etc.) may resume, limited to no more than 10 individuals gathered at a time while indoors.
- Office buildings can expand staffing to the greater of 10 employees or 25% of their workforce, provided that individuals maintain appropriate social distancing.
Effective May 22
- Restaurants may begin operating at 50% capacity, though child play areas, interactive games and video arcades must remain closed. The current regulations do not yet expand capacity for retailers, shopping malls or movie theaters beyond their current 25% occupancy restriction.
- Bars, bowling alleys, aquariums, natural caverns, bingo halls and skating rinks may reopen at 25% capacity. Bar restrictions include providing service only to seated individuals, discouraging activities with close human contact like dancing, and guidelines similar to restaurants such as not allowing tables larger than 6 people.
- Aquariums, natural caverns and similar facilities (excluding zoos) may reopen at 25% capacity
- Rodeos and equestrian events may reopen at 25% capacity, though larger gatherings like county fairs are not yet allowed
- Drive-in concerts may begin as long as spectators remain in their vehicles and in-person contact is minimized
Effective May 29
- Outdoor areas of zoos may reopen at 25% capacity. Children’s play area, interactive functions/exhibits and indoor portions of zoos, other than restrooms, must remain closed.
Effective May 31
- Professional basketball, baseball, softball, golf, tennis, football and car racing may resume WITHOUT spectators physically present
- Youth camps, including overnight camps, may resume with restrictions and enhanced sanitation practices in place
- Youth sport practices may resume with restrictions, including only one parent or guardian present as a spectator. Games and similar competitions, with or without spectators, may not begin until June 15.
Effective June 1
- School districts can hold summer school with social distancing guidelines in place
Under the current orders, interactive amusement venues such as video arcades, amusement parks and water parks remain closed. You can find GA-23 and a link to the requirement checklists for businesses, customer and more on the city website at www.cityofkeller.com/coronavirus