Phase 1 of Governor Greg Abbott’s plan to reopen the State of Texas took effect on Friday, May 1st. During this phase, all retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters, malls, libraries, and non-interactive museums were permitted to reopen with limited capacity. Since Howard County has had less than 5 confirmed cases of COVID-19, these businesses are able to open at 50 percent capacity.
Last week, Howard County Judge Kathryn Wiseman addressed the public through a video posted to the Howard County Info Tech Facebook page. In it, she reminded them that there are several guidelines that still need to be followed during this time, and that businesses can require employees and customers to wear face masks. She also advised that businesses have the right to refuse service to anyone who does not comply.
Judge Wiseman went on to explain that shoppers have requirements to follow as well, such as self-screening, staying home if sick, or if they’ve been around someone who may have been exposed to COVID-19. It was also advised that the Governor had requested that citizens over the age of 65 or with health concerns to stay home.
According to Judge Wiseman, all of the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Howard County had been contracted in different counties, with most of them being healthcare workers. She urged the public to continue wearing their face masks and be considerate of others.