Phase Two to reopen Texas

Yesterday, Governor Abbott issued an Executive Order announcing Phase Two to reopen Texas. This phase allows the following services and activities to open immediately:

  • Businesses in office buildings (Must limit their occupancy to the greater of 10 employees or 25% of their workforce)

  • Child Care Centers

  • Gyms may operate at 25% occupancy

  • Massage and Personal-Care Centers

  • Youth Clubs

Effective Friday, May 22, the following businesses may open and/or may increase their interior capacity:

  • Bars, Wine Tasting Rooms, and Craft Breweries may operate at 25% of their listed occupancy (Occupancy limits do not apply to outdoor areas that maintain safe distancing among parties.)

  • Restaurants may expand their occupancy to 50% (Occupancy limits do not apply to outdoor areas that maintain safe distancing among parties.)

  • Rodeo and Equestrian Events, Bowling Alleys, Bingo Halls, Simulcast Racing, Skating Rinks, Aquariums, and Natural Caverns

Effective Friday, May 29, Zoos may reopen at 25% occupancy.

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

  • Day Youth Camps

  • Overnight Youth Camps

  • Youth Sports

  • Certain professional sports without in-person spectators

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).

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.

In addition, make sure you check out the presentation and report from San Antonio's Economic Transition Team (ETT), which offers tools, guidance, and resources for our business community as they reopen their doors. Special thanks to the ETT and Co-Chairs, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas President Kevin Voelkel and President and CEO of Tejas Premier Building Contractors Julissa Carielo, for their hard work on this very important effort.

The Governor's announcement yesterday is yet another important step forward for our state and local economies. It is indeed time to get Texans back to work in a safe way. As we continue to reopen Texas, I will remind you of the importance of not living in fear, but taking the necessary precautions for our safety and that of our families and our employees.

Please continue to stay safe and healthy!

Richard Perez

President and CEO

San Antonio Chamber of Commerce