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September 17, 2020 TML Coronavirus Update #122

Posted on September 17, 2020 at 4:27 PM by TML Staff

Urgent Updates


What action has the governor taken on re-openings?


Governor Abbott was joined today by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, and several state health officials to announce certain re-openings for different parts of the state. The governor issued two new executive orders, GA-30 and GA-31, to carry out his new re-opening plan. 


Acknowledging that a one-size-fits-all approach isn’t ideal in a state as large as Texas, the governor’s plan authorizes certain businesses to reopen based on the COVID-19 hospitalization rate within the trauma service area in which the business is located. If the COVID-19 hospitalization rate is less than 15% for seven consecutive days within a trauma service area, that indicates that the region is safe enough to allow for additional re-openings. Of the 22 trauma service areas in Texas, 19 of those are under the 15% indicator. The three regions that are not included, and therefore may not yet expand business re-openings, are Victoria, Laredo, and the Rio Grande Valley. 


The following businesses within the 19 regions with 15% or lower COVID-19 hospitalization rates may reopen to 75% capacity beginning on Monday, September 21: retail, restaurants, office buildings, manufacturing, museums, libraries, and gyms. Elective surgeries in those regions may resume, effective immediately. Additionally, nursing homes facilities, assisted living centers, state supported living centers, and other long-term facilities in those regions are allowed to reopen for visitation on September 24, providing they comply with certain health protocols and no new outbreaks occur. Bars are still not able to re-open.


The League will provide a more detailed analysis of GA-30 and GA-31 in tomorrow’s update.


Further Updates


Where can I find archived issues of the TML Coronavirus Updates?


TML Coronavirus Updates are archived by date here and by subject here