In a news conference earlier this week, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that he is working on plans to open the Texas economy now that the spread of COVID-19 is slowing down throughout the state. He will be issuing an executive order in a press conference this coming Monday that will outline the reopening of the Texas economy.
The stay-at-home order is set to expire on April 30 and will supersede any local regulations that have been put in place. He said “this is going to be happening in the first couple days in May, where you’re going to be able to go back and go dining under safe standards, you’re going to be able to get a haircut, you’re going to be able to go to a hair salon.” He plans to put a new order in place that “begins to open up a lot of businesses”, including churches. This new order is expected to greatly ease the restrictions that were put in place last month.
He also said, “if you’re a business operating in Texas, we’re going to be looking for the right strategy for you to be able to open up so, for one, you can start making money; for another,… you can have employees earning a salary, but also importantly, for consumers, they are going to be able to access what they need and want.”
He also said that counties with few cases or rapidly declining cases may be able to open up faster than others. He has also stated that he wants to open as many businesses up as soon as possible, but in a way that will contain the spread of the virus.
The governor also announced that Texas has nearly 500,000 job openings available right now for those who were laid off and not able to return to their previous job. He acknowledged that Texans are “ready to get back to work” and that he is working hard to make that happen safely.
As of today, retail businesses are now open for “to-go” or “curbside” orders only. This was part of his plan announced last Friday in an attempt to reopen the Texas economy. He also announced that the beaches will be open by the summer.
Article 1 Section 28 of the Texas Constitution states that No power of suspending laws in this State shall be exercised except by the Legislature. The shutdowns imposed by both state and county authorities were unconstitutional in forcing “non-essential” businesses to close, which caused many businesses to lose income. Because of all this we are encouraging our tenants to open their businesses immediately and allow their employees to return to work. Many businesses have already begun to open their doors despite unconstitutional orders, and we encourage you to do the same.