More businesses allowed to reopen in Texas

Yesterday, Governor Abbott issued a proclamation expanding the list of services and activities allowed to open under Phase Two of his plan to open Texas. This proclamation allows the following services and activities to open immediately:

  • Food-court dining areas within shopping malls (Malls are encouraged to designate one or more individuals who are responsible for ensuring health and safety practices are followed.)

  • Driver education programs

Effective Friday, May 29th, the following businesses may open:

  • Water parks (must limit occupancy to 25% of normal operating limits, and components that have video arcades must remain closed)

  • Zoos

Effective Sunday, May 31st, the following businesses may open:

  • Day Youth Camps

  • Overnight Youth Camps

  • Youth Sports

  • Certain professional sports without in-person spectators

  • Recreational sports programs for adults (games and similar competitions may not begin until June 15th)

Additionally, public schools can offer in-person summer school starting June 1, so long as they follow social distancing practices and health protocols laid out by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

Just a reminder that all businesses allowed to open under Phase Two are required to follow the DSHS minimum standard health protocols, which include appropriate social distancing. For more information and a full list of guidelines for opened services and activities under Phase Two, click here.

The Governor's continued, incremental steps to reopen Texas are definitely good news for the business community. It is important that we work hard and support efforts to get San Antonians back to work in safe ways. Once again, I will remind you of the importance of taking the necessary precautions for your safety and that of your employees and your customers as you develop your back to work plans.

Please continue to stay safe and healthy!

Richard Perez

President and CEO

San Antonio Chamber of Commerce