These 4 States Are Reopening Businesses Over The Next Two Weeks As The Coronavirus Pandemic Continues
Governors in several states said they’re eager to restart their local economies, even as new cases of COVID-19 are reported.
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On Monday, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said he would not be extending the state’s stay-at-home order, which expires April 30, and that some businesses will be allowed to open as early as next Monday. The vast majority of businesses in 89 counties will be permitted to resume operations on May 1, Lee said.
“For the good of our state, social distancing must continue, but our economic shutdown cannot,” Lee said.
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I’ve restored public beach access, allowing locals to use their discretion. I’ve also allowed some retailers that were previously closed to open, but they must follow strict social distancing measures.
Please stay safe and follow all recommendations from public health experts. https://t.co/pnemrtKI2j
— Gov. Henry McMaster (@henrymcmaster) April 20, 2020
Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday announced initial steps to reopen the Texas economy during the coronavirus pandemic, including those that in the next week will loosen surgery restrictions at medical facilities, allow all retail stores to provide product pickups and reopen state parks.
Abbott also named a “statewide strike force” devoted to getting the economy going again. Austin banker James Huffines will chair the task force, and veteran lobbyist Mike Toomey will lead its staff. The group will oversee what Abbott described as a phased reopening, starting Friday with additional announcements set for April 27 and sometime in May.
At the same time, Abbott announced all Texas schools will stay closed through the rest of the academic year. He previously shuttered them until May 4.