NBC 5 – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) is continuing to move forward with reopening the state, allowing salons to open this week and gyms on May 18 while further relaxing restrictions on restaurants with outdoor seating.
During the news conference Tuesday, Abbott said hair and nail salons, barbers and tanning facilities can reopen to customers on Friday, May 8, provided they maintain social/physical distancing between customer stations and that those in waiting areas are either able to maintain the 6 foot distance between them or wait outside. Abbott also said that stylists and customers are strongly encouraged to wear masks while services are being performed.
The governor said gyms and other workout facilities will be allowed to open Monday, May 18, provided they operate under 25% capacity and that showers and locker rooms remain closed. Equipment must be disinfected between each use and customers are advised to wear gloves that cover their hands and fingers.
Restaurants currently operating under Phase 1 of the Open Texas plan are currently required to limit seating to 25% of capacity. Abbott clarified Tuesday that the stipulation applies to indoor seating only and not outdoor seating. However, restaurants must still maintain a distance of 6 feet between tables on patios. He made no reference to seating availability at restaurant bars or to conditions on the sale of alcohol at those bars.