Texas halts reopening amid surge in coronavirus cases
Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced Thursday that the state’s reopening has been halted. “The State of Texas will pause any further phases to open Texas as the state responds to the recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations,” reads a press release from the governor’s office.
“As we experience an increase in both positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, we are focused on strategies that slow the spread of this virus while also allowing Texans to continue earning a paycheck to support their families,” Abbott said.
Businesses that were already permitted to open under the state’s previous phases of reopening can “continue to operate at the designated occupancy levels and under the minimum standard health protocols provided by the Texas Department of State Health Services,” according to the statement.
“The last thing we want to do as a state is go backwards and close down businesses. This temporary pause will …continued .
[Source: CBS News]