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Retailers Will Be First to Reopen as Texas Begins Phased Plan

Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday that retail businesses could begin reopening across Texas starting on Friday, May 1. Stores, restaurants, movie theaters and malls may open their doors again under the first phase of Abbott’s plan, but will be limited to 25% of listed occupancy.

“We’re not just going to open up and hope for the best,” Abbott said at a news conference Monday. “Opening Texas must occur in phases.”

Under the first phase of Abbott’s plan, “vulnerable populations,” like seniors, should remain home as much as possible, he said. The plan also allows all licensed healthcare professionals to reopen, but licensed hospitals must reserve 15% capacity for COVID-19 patients.

Counties with five or fewer cases can reopen at 50% capacity on Friday if certain conditions are met.

The state would move to phase two of Abbott’s plan starting May 18 if there’s no secondary “flare-up” of COVID-19 cases.

Pictured: Gov. Greg Abbott.

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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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