Gov. Abbott roles out Phase 1 of reopening
Texans got the good news they were waiting for at the end of last week. Texas is now reopening as of Monday, April 20. In decisive action, somewhat before the White House, Texas governor Greg Abbott put Texas on the road to restoring its economy.
“ I care about businesses reopening as soon as possible; however, while doing that, I want to make sure we don't have more sick people.”
NBC5 DFW is reporting that throughout the remainder of April, new sectors will begin opening with restrictions throughout the end of May. The goal of lifting these restrictions seems to be to get people back to work while still enforcing guidelines as to social interactions. With declining infection numbers, Texas is on the path to reopening. "I liked what I heard from the governor," said Mayor Scott LeMay of Garland, in a report by ABC8 WFAA. "It's a staged, phased-in plan." Mayor Joe Chow of Addison has owned a restaurant for 34 years. He says several friends have decided to close and retire permanently. He's worried Addison, which he says gets 87% of its tax revenues from businesses, will lose many small mom-and-pop businesses. "I care about businesses reopening as soon as possible; however, while doing that, I want to make sure we don't have more sick people," he said. "There are 254 counties in Texas, and you don't have to treat every county the same."
Struggling businesses is a substantial concern for much of Texas that will likely leave many questioning why the entire nation was shut down in the first place. Texans will be awaiting more news from Gov. Abbott and his task force on April 27 regarding the opening of further businesses, including restaurants. For many conservatives, the Governor's press conference last Friday was nothing more than a glimmer of hope. No substantial action has yet to be taken.