AUSTIN, Texas — Many non-essential businesses were able to reopen on Friday, May 1. After receiving requests for clarification, the Texas Attorney General's Office released a letter with guidance on the reopening of businesses.
The letter said that the executive order allowing the reopening of businesses requires Texans to "minimize in-person contact with people" that don't live in the same household, other than where it can't be avoided to provide essential or reopened services.
The letter also issued some guidance on businesses that are not considered essential and also are not reopened with the executive order, including bars, gyms, public pools, bowling alleys, video arcades, massage establishments, tattoo and piercing studios and cosmetology salons.
Additionally, the guidance letter said Executive Order GA-18, which allows for the reopening of some businesses and not others, supersedes orders issued by local officials that would have expanded reopened businesses past what has already been reopened.
The full guidance letter can be read on the attorney general's website.
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