Texas daycares and personal care businesses, including tattoo parlors, can reopen Monday, Gov. Greg Abbott announced.
Bars can reopen at limited occupancy on Friday. Summer camps and summer school can reopen at the end of the month.
The governor announced the second phase of business reopening in his plan to boost the Texas economy after closures to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.
Abbott announced the first round of openings in April before the expiration of the statewide stay-at-home order. As part of his measures, restaurants, malls, retail stores and movie theaters were allowed to reopen at 25% occupancy.
Restaurants can expand to 50% occupancy on Friday.
Bars, wine tasting rooms and craft breweries can reopen at 25% capacity on Friday.
The governor also said that summer camps and summer school can open at the end of the month.
Reopenings will be delayed a week in El Paso, Randall, Potter, Moore, Deaf Smith counties because those areas have become hotspots, the governor said.
Abbott said he wanted to see two weeks of coronavirus testing data before announcing the next measures, but he amended his executive order to allow some businesses, including salons, to reopen sooner.
He said his plans have been “unanimously supported by our team of medical experts.”
“From day one our mission has been to use data and doctors to open texas in a responsible way that contains COVID-19,” Abbott said.
Hair salons, barbershops, tanning salons and nail salons were allowed to open May 8.
Gyms, nonessential manufacturing and office spaces were allowed to reopen at 25% capacity Monday.
The governor’s order requires that all businesses practice social distancing. For gyms, people must wear gloves to work out, and all equipment must be cleaned after each use.
Abbott said the state can average about 25,000 tests a day at about 600 testing facilities across Texas.
Though there has been an increase in the number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19, Abbott said, the positivity rate has been declining. That means that the percentage of people testing positive has gone down.
Abbott reiterated Monday that he expects the number of people diagnosed with the disease to increase because more tests are being completed.
He encourages Texans to continue practicing safe distancing, sanitize their hands and wear masks or facial coverings when possible.
And for the elderly, Abbott said, “the safest strategy for seniors is to continue to stay at home if at all possible.”
Nursing homes are among the hotspots for the disease, including jails and meatpacking plants.
Abbott said all residents and staff at nursing homes are being tested, and surge teams are sent to separate the sick from the healthy at the other hotspots.
‘Uncle Tom’ Trends On Twitter After RNC Trots Out Black Men To Deny Trump’s Racism
Whether through sheer coincidence — or not — “Uncle Tom” was one of the top trending topics on Twitter Tuesday morning following the opening night of the Republican National Convention (RNC) that featured several Black men making the case for Donald Trump to be re-elected.
More than 6,000 “Uncle Tom” tweets were posted following speeches from Democratic Georgia State Rep. Vernon Jones, former professional football star Herschel Walker and South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott. They each took turns trying to dispel any notion of racism in America or among its leadership despite Trump’s repeated personal demonstrations to the contrary.
“The Democratic Party does not want Black people to leave their mental plantation,” Jones, who has been called an “embarrassment” to Democrats, said Monday night at the RNC. “We’ve been forced to be there for decades and generations. But I have news for Joe Biden: We are free. We are free people with free minds.”
Walker, who was one of Trump’s employees when he played in the USFL — another of Trump’s failed business ventures — said his “soul” was hurt when he learned people called the president racist.
“I take it as a personal insult that people think I would have a 37-year friendship with a racist,” Walker said Monday night with a straight face during his official endorsement of Trump’s re-election.
“These shots pierce the soul of our nation,” stated Biden on Jacob Blake shooting
Former Vice President and Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden issued a statement Monday morning on the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
“Yesterday in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Jacob Blake was shot seven times in the back as police attempted to restrain him from getting into his car,” the statement reads. “His children watched from inside the car and bystanders watched in disbelief. And this morning, the nation wakes up yet again with grief and outrage that yet another Black American is a victim of excessive force. This calls for an immediate, full and transparent investigation and the officers must be held accountable.”
A short video circulating on social media shows a man, presumably Blake, walking toward a vehicle. The video shows that police shoot the man in the back as he opened the driver’s door of the car.
“These shots pierce the soul of our nation,” stated Biden. “Jill and I pray for Jacob’s recovery and for his children.”
“Equal justice has not been real for Black Americans and so many others,” the statement continues. “We are at an inflection point. We must dismantle systemic racism. It is the urgent task before us. We must fight to honor the ideals laid in the original American promise, which we are yet to attain: That all men and women are created equal, but more importantly that they must be treated equally.”
Protests erupted after the shooting Sunday. Fires were set to dumpsters meant to block off roads in the area. The Kenosha County Courthouse and Administration Building were both closed Monday due to overnight damage from the unrest.