Gov. Greg Abbott announced last week that the state would take its first steps this week to reopen some of its shuttered economy. State parks reopened Monday with several restrictions, restrictions are loosened on elective surgeries, and starting Friday, retail stores can reopen for product pickup or delivery — which Abbott describes as “retail-to-go.” These business will have to comply with social distancing guidelines. Examples of these “non-essential” businesses include clothing stores, furniture stores, bookstores, appliance stores and more.
Until now, the only stores that were permitted to be open were businesses that sold essential items, such as grocery stores, auto parts stores and office supply stores (among others). It will be up to the individual store owners if they will open and what services and items they will offer for sale.
Abbott is expected to announce additional openings and loosened restrictions on Monday.
Many, many activities remain prohibited: public or private gatherings of any size, using public playground equipment, eating or drinking inside restaurants and bars, going to the gym, going to a spa and going to a hair or nail salon are just some of the activities that are still not allowed in Texas.