Make America Open Again: Texas To Lead The Charge In The Return To Normalcy

Written by Wes Walker on April 18, 2020

Back In Business: was there really any doubt that Texas would be in the forefront? Here’s a list of the other states that have had enough.

We’re a long way from kicking the economy back into high gear, but the good news is there’s finally a light at the end of the tunnel.

That’s really good news for everyone who would rather be earning a paycheck than getting a handout… especially since there really isn’t much ‘free’ money to go around in the first place. [Note: if you think money our government borrows is ‘free’ money, ask anyone who’s lived on their credit card how long that can continue before it bites you in the butt.]

Texans are done with hiding in their homes. They’re taking their economy back.

And they’re not alone.

Seven states managed to dodge the bullet, and never had to order stay-at-home measures: Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, & Wyoming.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced Friday plans to start reopening from April 20 – starting with public parks and retailers on a ‘to-go’ basis.

New guidelines:

From April 20: State parks will reopen. People must wear face coverings and masks and adhere to social distancing. People also cannot visit in groups of five or more

From April 22: Hospitals can start resuming surgeries that had been postponed by coronavirus but only if they do not take away from the hospital’s capacity to treat COVID-19 and if the hospital reserves 25 percent of its beds for COVID-19 patients.

From April 24: Retailers can reopen but only if they can deliver their goods or services to people at home or in their cars to minimize contact.

Schools and universities will remain closed for the rest of the year.

Previous guidelines that are still in place:

Stay-at-home order still exists through April 30

10 person limit on gatherings

Air travelers flying to Texas from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, California, Louisiana or Washington – or Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Miami – must self-quarantine for 14 days

Bars and restaurants limited to take-out only — Source: DailyMail

A quick summary of each state’s plans can be found here.