Texas governor prepares executive order setting guidelines to reopen businesses

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GOP Texas Gov. Greg Abbott plans to unveil an executive order with guidelines on how businesses can reopen.
Abbott held a press conference Friday to announce a forthcoming executive order that sets guidelines for how businesses can begin to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic. “Next week, I will be providing an executive order talking about what will be done in Texas about reopening Texas businesses,” Abbott said Friday, saying economic activity can resume “in a way that will be safe for that economic revitalization.”
“We will focus on protecting lives while restoring livelihoods. We can and we must do this,” said Abbott.
Details in the order are not presently available.
On March 19, Abbott issued an order to close certain businesses, including schools, restaurants, bars, and gyms to limit the spread of COVID-19.
“Working together, we must defeat COVID-19 with the only tool that we have available to us. We must strangle its expansion by reducing the ways that we are currently transmitting it,” Abbott said then. “We are doing this now, today, so that we can get back to business as usual more quickly.”
There are over 11,600 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state of Texas with over 200 deaths, according to the New York Times.
More than 1.6 million people have tested positive for the coronavirus globally. Of those, at least 101,000 have died from it, and more than 371,000 have recovered. The United States has seen at least 486,000 confirmed cases, with approximately 27,700 reported recoveries and 18,000 deat.


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