Just in time for the next phase of Texas’ efforts to reopen businesses across the state, the Texans Back to Work Task Force issued its final report. The 113-page document includes over 400 recommendations for employers, employees, state and local governments and the public. The report includes immediate recommendations, more for the next 100 days and long-term strategies beyond that. To view the full report, please click HERE
Texans Back to Work Task Force Chair Brint Ryan said: “Using the knowledge gained since the pandemic began, the Task Force strongly believes that business owners can use their creativity and ingenuity not only to formulate safe and effective protocols for their businesses to stay open but also to rebuild the economy that has been devastated by the pandemic.”
In response to the report, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said: “I want to thank Brint Ryan and the members of the Texans Back to Work Task Force for their outstanding work producing a blueprint for reopening Texas 100%. The Governor has us off to a great start with the Open Texas Strike Force. This report will help leadership and business return Texas once again to be the number one job creator in the nation. It is a ‘bottom-up’ guide of best practices for businesses to follow as we reopen the Texas economy and prepare to rebuild after the severe damage from the long shutdown.
“During these enormously difficult times, businesses across Texas are looking for answers on how to rebuild and the Task Force has provided them. This report will help get Texans back to work and make our economy stronger than ever. I am very proud of what they have done.”
Texas Governor Greg Abbott most recent executive order allows the following to reopen on Friday, May 8th;
- Cosmetology salons, hair salons, barber shops, nail salons/shops, and other establishments where licensed cosmetologists or barbers practice their trade; provided, however, that all such salons, shops, and establishments must ensure at least six feet of social distancing between operating work stations.
- Tanning salons; provided, however, that all such salons must ensure at least six feet of social distancing between operating work stations.
- Swimming pools; provided, however, that (i) indoor swimming pools may operate at up to 25 percent of the total listed occupancy of the pool facility; (ii) outdoor swimming pools may operate at up to 25 percent of normal operating limits as determined by the pool operator; and (iii) local public swimming pools may so operate only if permitted by the local government.
To see the complete order, click here.