Attached is Governor Abbott’s Report to Open Texas and Executive Order GA-18, issued April 27, 2020. Executive Order GA-16, scheduled to expire on April 30th, will expire as scheduled, according to the Governor’s press conference.

GA-18, effective immediately, and statewide, continues through May 15th, subject to extension. This Order continues to minimize social gatherings and in-person contact with people who are not in the same household.

“Essential services” consists of everything listed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, CISA, Version 3.0, plus religious services. 
“Reopened services” beginning at 12:01 a.m., Friday, May 1st, includes in-store retail that operate at 25% of the total listed occupancy of the retail establishment. Dine-in restaurant services, movie theaters, shopping malls, museums and libraries, golf courses, local government operations, may also reopen under stated requirements.

Visiting bars, gyms, public swimming pools, interactive amusement venues, massage establishments, tattoo studios, piercing studios, or cosmetology salons are to be avoided. Nursing homes continue to be closed to visitors as well as schools for in-person classroom attendance.

The attached “Open Texas” Report discusses Health Protocols for Employers (pp. 21-22); for Retailers (pp. 23-25); for Retail Customers (p. 26) and others. Recommendations include:
• Train all employees on appropriate cleaning and disinfection, hand hygiene, and respiratory etiquette.
• Screen employees before they enter the business establishment.
• Employees should wash or sanitize their hands upon entering the business.
• Maintain at least 6 feet separation from one another. If such distancing is not feasible, other measures such as face covering, hand hygiene, cough etiquette, cleanliness, and sanitation should be rigorously practiced.
• Consider having all employees to wear cloth face coverings over the nose and mouth or if available, consider wearing non-medical grade face masks.
• Regularly and frequently clean and disinfect regularly touched surfaces such as doorknobs, chairs, and restrooms.
• Make hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, soap and water readily available to employees and customers.
• Place readily visible signage to remind everyone of best hygiene practices.