Several states across the nation are taking gradual steps to reopen their parts of the economy and get people back to work.
Some of those states include Georgia, Tennessee, Texas, etc. It’s also no coincidence that the states to gradually lift lockdowns are red states, whereas Democrat governors in blue states are all too eager to extend stay home orders and further cripple American workers.
New developments have confirmed that Texas’ shutdown will expire on Thursday, April 30th. This information comes after Gov. Greg Abbott previously expressed interest in getting the state up and running again earlier this month.
The Plan to Reopen Texas
May 2020 will start off with Texas establishments like movie theaters, libraries, dine-in restaurants, museums, and retail shops being permitted to resume operations. As to be expected, the beginning phases of reopening will come with certain stipulations. Each of the aforementioned facilities is required to operate at no more than a 25% capacity.
Phase 1 of TX's ongoing plan to safely & strategically open begins on May 1st.
Certain services & activities are allowed to open with limited occupancy. @TexasDSHS issued min. standard health protocols to minimize the spread of #COVID19.https://t.co/OLTFlaO9q0 pic.twitter.com/OBWGPnCjFr
— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) April 27, 2020
Additional facilities such as churches, doctors’ offices, dentists’ offices, etc. are permitted to open with the caveat of adhering to mandated social distancing guidelines. Gov. Abbott has praised the plan for reopening Texas as a “strategic approach” which is designed to ensure both economic well-being and public health.
Businesses in Texas that will not yet reopen include bars, hair salons, and barbershops.
Getting Americans Back to Work
For the sake of our nation, the economy, and even the health of human beings, it’s imperative for people to return to their jobs and businesses. Right now, more than 26 million Americans are out of work. Even with this dismal number, there are increasing reports of additional furloughs and layoffs to come.
Put simply, even the biggest businesses lack the revenue to continue paying their employees as they were before. Many small businesses in this country are also facing their own troubling plights. Earlier this month, the Payment Protection Program completely ran out of funds, leaving countless small business owners in the cold.
What do you think about Texas’ plan to reopen its economy? Do you believe that America is beginning to see a positive turn towards getting people back to work? Sound off in the comments section below!