Governor Abbott held a press conference Monday, April 27, where he presented the Texans Helping Texans: The Governor's Report to Open Texas and issued three Executive Orders GA-18 - related to reopening services, GA-19 - related to hospital capacity, and GA-20 - related to travel restrictions.
He announced that the statewide executive order to stay home will expire on April 30.
Phase one of Open Texas is set to begin May 1, and if cases are still contained, Phase two will begin two weeks later, with proper data given and considered, on May 18.
Phase one has the main priority of protecting the most vulnerable populations, such as those older than 65 and those with other illnesses. It emphasizes that these populations stay home if at all possible.
Phase one includes:
Businesses such as barber shops, salons, gyms, and bars will not be able to open at this time, but will be considered later in May.
The Office of the Governor has also created checklists to consider for business able to open in Phase one and for consumers. They can be found here.