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Capitol Newsletter – May 7, 2020

This week, Governor Abbott issued Executive Order GA-21. Executive Order GA-21 is effective immediately and will continue through May 19, 2020.  Some highlights to note about GA-21 :

  • Texans, except where necessary to provide or obtain an essential service or a reopened service, should continue to minimize social gatherings and in person contact with those who are not in the same household.
  • People over the age of 65 are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible. Individuals are encouraged to avoid contact with those 65 and older.
  • Those who do leave the home, whether young or old, should implement social distancing and good hygiene
  • Essential Services include those listed under CISA guidance as well as churches, congregations, and places of worship
  • Reopened Services consist of the following:
  • In-store retail at 25% occupancy (25% does not include employees)
  • Dine-in at restaurants at 25% occupancy (no occupancy limit on outside seating; 25% does not include employees)
  • Movie theaters at 25% occupancy (25% does not include employees)
  • Shopping malls at 25% occupancy (food court, play areas, and interactive displays must remain closed) (25% does not include employees)
  • Museums and libraries at occupancy of 25% (25% does not include employees)
  • Golf course operations
  • Local government operations
  • Services provided by one individual in an office setting (note this will be expanded on Monday, May 18th)
  • Wedding venues and services required to conduct weddings, subject to either the guidelines on churches (if held in a church) or at 25% of indoor occupancy (if held indoors at a non-church). Note, it is strongly encouraged to hold weddings outside 
  • Wedding receptions, subject to the guidelines on restaurants (if held at a restaurant) or subject to 25% of indoor capacity (if held indoors). Again, strongly encouraged to hold outside.

Starting on Friday, May 8, 2020 the following will be opened :

  • Cosmetology salons, hair salons, barber shops, and nail salons may open but should follow guidelines set forth in Open Texas
  • Tanning Salons may open but should follow guidelines set forth in Open Texas
  • Swimming pools may operate if outdoor or indoor but must follow occupancy levels set forth

Starting on Monday, May 18, 2020 the following will be opened :

  • Services provided in an office may operate with the greater of five individuals or 25% of the total office workforce
  • Non-essential manufacturing [services] at 25% occupancy
  • Gyms and exercise facilities and classes, whether indoor, outdoor, individual, or group, at a 25% occupancy

Please note these specific businesses are  NOT permitted to reopen : People  shall avoid  visiting bars ,  massage  establishments,  tattoo  studios, piercing  studios,  sexually oriented  businesses, or interactive amusement venues such as  bowling alleys ,  video arcades ,  amusement parks , water parks , or  splash pads , unless they are specifically added as a reopened service by proclamation or future executive order of the governor.

Sincerely,

Weekly Newsletter – May 7, 2020

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