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Abbott Gives Go-Ahead for Offices to Reopen May 18

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday that he would expand the reopening of certain businesses, including office properties, non-essential manufacturing and certain types of retail. Monday, May 18 is the target date for offices to reopen, albeit with restrictions on occupancy.

Also on May 18, gyms, exercise facilities, and exercise classes may also open, but must operate at 25% occupancy, Abbott said. Non-essential manufacturing services may also open on May 18, but facilities must limit their occupancy to 25%.

This coming Friday, May 8, will see an expansion of the class of retail establishments allowed to reopen, to include cosmetology salons, hair salons, barber shops and nail salons and shops. However, all such salons, shops and establishments must ensure at least six feet of social distancing between operating work stations.

Also starting May 8, swimming pools may open subject to certain limitations, including occupancy and operating levels.

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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and GlobeSt.com at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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