In his next move to mitigate the upswing of COVID-19 cases, Governor Abbott has announced he will pause any further reopening phases of the Texas plan.

However, this order does not rewind current openings. Businesses may continue to act under previous reopening rules and regulations, provided they follow the rules. This includes malls, bars, restaurants, etc.

The governor believes that the pause can help mitigate the spread and hopefully keep the state from going backwards and closing businesses.

“As we experience an increase in both positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, we are focused on strategies that slow the spread of this virus while also allowing Texans to continue earning a paycheck to support their families,” said Governor Abbott. “The last thing we want to do as a state is go backwards and close down businesses. This temporary pause will help our state corral the spread until we can safely enter the next phase of opening our state for business. I ask all Texans to do their part to slow the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask, washing their hands regularly, and socially distancing from others. The more that we all follow these guidelines, the safer our state will be and the more we can open up Texas for business.”

This follows an earlier announcement that elective surgeries are suspended in some counties across the state.

Lynn Miller