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Texas governor reopens more businesses and schools days after highest jump in Covid-19 cases in the state

May 19, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced sweeping reopenings in the state, from child care centers to bars, bowling alleys, rodeos and bingo centers, just days after Texas reported its biggest one-day jump in Covid-19 cases since the pandemic began.

(CNN)Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced sweeping reopenings in the state, from child care centers to bars, bowling alleys, rodeos and bingo centers, just days after Texas reported its biggest one-day jump in Covid-19 cases since the pandemic began.

Child care centers, office buildings, youth clubs and massage and personal-care centers may open immediately, Abbott said at a news conference Monday.

Bars, wine tasting rooms and craft breweries can open at a 25% capacity, the governor said.

Those capacity limits do not apply to outdoor areas that maintain safe distances, Abbott said.

Texas, one of the first states to reopen, on Saturday saw its highest single-day increase in positive Covid-19 cases yet, 1,801, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

"Well, more than likely what you saw in the cases jumping in the past few days that we've reported is a change in policy with respect to the reopening of parts of our economy, a couple weeks ago," the mayor told CNN's Alisyn Camerota on "New Day" on Monday.

The state reported just 11 new deaths from Covid-19 on Monday, the lowest new daily death toll since March 31, when the state had only four fatalities, according to the health department's data.

Various businesses including bowling alleys, bingo halls and skating rinks, as well as rodeos and aquariums may also all open at 25% capacity on May 22, Abbott said.

Parents will be allowed to watch, as long as social distancing is followed, according to Abbott.

On June 1, school districts are allowed to open for summer school classes as long as distancing practices are followed, Abbott said.

Abbott ended Texas' stay-at-home order May 1, allowing businesses such as retail stores, malls, restaurants and theaters to reopen that day at 25% capacity.

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