What to know about Phase 2 of Texas business reopening

May 20,2020


See full City of Fort Worth article here

Gov. Greg Abbott announced the second phase of an ongoing plan to safely and strategically open Texas while minimizing the spread of COVID-19. Under Phase 2, restaurants may increase their occupancy to 50% and additional services and activities that remained closed under Phase 1 may open, some with certain restrictions .

The governor has also provided recommendations on safety precautions for each business. A full list of restrictions and recommendations for each business that can operate under phase 2 can be found on the Open Texas website.

Under the governor’s current order, GA-23,PDF File these services and activities may open under Phase 2.

  • Child care centers (May 18).
  • Massage and personal-care centers (May 18).
  • Youth clubs (May 18).
  • Rodeo and equestrian events (May 22).
  • Bowling alleys, bingo halls, simulcast racing and skating rinks (May 22).
  • Bars (May 22).
  • Aquariums and natural caverns (May 22).
  • Zoos (May 29).
  • Day youth camps (May 31).
  • Overnight youth camps (May 31).
  • Youth sports (May 31).
  • Certain professional sports without in-person spectators (May 31).

View a graphic that shows Phase 2 openings.PDF File

Businesses located in office buildings may also open but must limit their occupancy to the greater of 10 employees or 25% of their workforce.

Beginning May 22, restaurants may expand their occupancy to 50%. Additionally, bars — including wine-tasting rooms, craft breweries and similar businesses that hold a Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission permit — may open at 25% occupancy but like restaurants, these occupancy limits do not apply to outdoor areas that maintain safe distancing among parties.