Governor Abbot allows retailers to reopen for to-go or delivery only

TRA members: 

Earlier today, Texas Governor Greg Abbott laid out the state’s plans for re-opening the Texas economy from the COVID-19 crisis. Attached is the Governor’s press release. In the press release you can find the Governor's Executive Orders and details about today's announcements.

As part of his plan he issued an executive order today which amends the current Texas “stay at home order” for the retail sector. Today’s order allows for those retailers who are not covered by DHS/CISA guidance, essentially, those who were up to now not deemed essential, to reopen for to-go or delivery only, as of next Friday, April 24th. Today’s order does not change the operations of those retailers who have been operating as current essential businesses such as grocery, pharmacy, home improvement, etc… Therefore, as of next Friday, April 24th, the entire retail sector in Texas will be allowed to operate at some level.

To be clear, the Governor’s “stay at home order” is still in effect until April 30th, with the caveat for the retail sector issued today. Therefore, all previously ordered CDC guidance and social distancing practice in the Governor’s “stay at home order” remain in effect until April 30th. Click here for a Texas Department of State Health Services (Tx DSHS) guidance document, which the Governor referenced in his announcement of today’s order, which those retailers would need to comply with.
Lastly, the Governor also announced that he will have further information regarding the re-opening of the Texas economy, to be announced on April 27th.
Please consult the TRA website often for the latest information regarding the COVID-19 crisis in Texas.


George Kelemen
Texas Retailers Association

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