Abbott: Bars, child care facilities, can reopen, sporting events can return

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AUSTIN, Texas (KWTX) Texas bars, wineries and breweries can reopen at 25% capacity on Friday, restaurants may expand service to 50% capacity on Friday and child care facilities can reopen immediately, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monday.

Texas bars can reopen at 25% capacity on Friday, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monday. (File)

Bowling alleys, Bingo halls, skating rinks, aquariums, and natural caverns may also open Friday.

Zoos may reopen effective May 29.

Rodeo and equestrian events may resume Friday with spectators, but only at 25% of capacity.

Effective immediately, child care facilities, youth clubs, personal care, beauty services, massage businesses, tattoo and piercing studios and hair loss treatment businesses may reopen.

Day camps, overnight youth campus and professional sports without spectators may resume on May 31.

Youth sports programs may begin practices on May 31 without spectators and may resume games without spectators on June 15.

Professional sports may also resume without spectators on May 31.

“As we move into phase two, be a good neighbor and be a good Texan,” he said.

Abbott exempted two hotspots from the order, Amarillo and El Paso.

The two cities will need to wait a week, he said.

The order Monday comes 18 days after Abbott announced the phased reopening of the state’s economy starting with retail stores, restaurants, theaters and malls.

He then announced barbershops and salons could reopen on May 8.

Gyms and exercise facilities and nonessential offices and manufacturing facilities were also allowed to reopen Monday at 25% capacity.

Texas was reporting nearly 48,000 confirmed cases of the virus at the start of the day Monday.

More than 1,550 patients are hospitalized.

More than 1,330 have died.

“Let’s be clear COVID-19 still exists in Texas. Our goal is to coexist with COVID-19 as safe as possible,” Abbott said.

But, he said, there has been a decline in positive tests for the virus over the past month.

“Texas is prepared to move into phase two for further opening up,” he said.