Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced on Thursday that the state’s opening was suspended. “The state of Texas will suspend further steps to open Texas, as the state is responding to the recent increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases and hospital admissions,” the governor’s office said in a press release.
“Since we are seeing an increase in both the positive cases of COVID-19 and the number of hospital admissions, we are focusing on strategies that slow down the spread of the virus and at the same time allow Texans to continue to receive salaries to support their families,” Abbott said.
Companies that have already been allowed to open in accordance with the previous stages of re-opening the state can “continue to operate at specified levels of employment and in accordance with the minimum standard health protocols provided by the Texas Department of Health,” the statement said.
“The last thing we want to do as a state is to step back and close the business. This temporary pause will help our state deal with the problem until we can safely proceed to the next phase of opening our staff for business, ”Abbott said.
The governor also suspended electoral operations in four counties due to concerns about a place in the hospital. These are Bexar, Dallas, Harris and Travis counties. The order requires all hospitals to postpone all operations and procedures that are not medically necessary.
Texas closure began on March 31 when Abbott signed executive order directing people to minimize social gatherings and personal contacts with people outside the home. In mid-May, some secondary businesses, such as gyms and wedding venues, were allowed start reopening at 25% capacityand hairdressers were allowed to open with social distance measures.
On June 12, the state entered the third phase of the re-opening, which allowed the opening of some non-essential enterprises, such as restaurants, with a throughput of 75%.
“People from Texas continue to prove that we can safely and responsibly open our staff to business, while keeping COVID-19 and keeping our staff safe,” Abbott said when the new phase was announced on June 3. CBS Dallas Fort Worth reported.
Currently, the state has almost twice as many people hospitalized with COVID-19 than June 14, when this number was 2,287. This surge occurred after restaurants were allowed to increase their throughput, and almost all businesses were allowed to work with some security measures.
This week the abbot said, “there isthrough Texas. “
The governor on Thursday called on all Texans to “contribute to slowing the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask, washing their hands regularly, and distance themselves from others.”
“The more we follow these rules, the safer our staff will be and the more we can open Texas for business.”