Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced on Tuesday afternoon that hair salons and barber shops and gyms can begin to re-open soon in an effort to help with local economy.
This comes after last week’s announcement that restaurants and retail businesses were allowed to open their interiors to customers, as long as they maintained a 25% occupancy.
Today, Abbott announced the following timeline for re-opening:
May 8: Salons, barbershops, nail salons and tanning salons may reopen. These businesses must operate with one customer per stylist. If customers are waiting inside, they must stay 6 feet apart; otherwise, customers should wait outside. Stations must be 6 feet apart and the governor recommends that customers and stylists wear face masks.
May 11: Phase three begins and aims to build a team of 4,000 contact tracers.
May 18: Gyms and other exercise facilities may reopen, as long as they meet the 25% capacity requirement. Showers and locker rooms must remain closed and equipment must be disinfected. Gym customers should wear gloves that cover the entire hand and fingers. Customers at gyms also must be 6 feet apart. Non-essential manufacturers may also reopen on May 18.
May 18: Phase two could allow even more businesses to reopen and expand the capabilities of phase one businesses by this date.