LIST: What is open, closed in Texas and how businesses can operate

Texas openings are staggered with different opening dates and operating limits. (Designed by Kara Nordstrom/Community Impact Newspaper)

Texas openings are staggered with different opening dates and operating limits. (Designed by Kara Nordstrom/Community Impact Newspaper)

Gov. Greg Abbott released Phase 1 and Phase 2 of his plan to reopen Texas businesses with staggered opening dates, varying capacities and business-specific guidelines.

Below is a comprehensive list of business types, when they can open and how they can open.

What can open May 22?

  • Restaurants: can expand to 50% occupancy

  • Bars: can open at 25% occupancy in indoor spaces without occupancy limits in outdoor areas; includes restaurants with more than 51% of gross receipts from alcohol sales

  • Rodeo and equestrian events: limited to 25% occupancy; limited to only the rodeo or equestrian event and not larger gatherings such as fairs

  • Bowling alleys, bingo halls, simulcast racing and skating rinks: limited to 25% capacity and 6 feet of social distancing between lanes and customers; interactive exhibits are closed

  • Aquariums and natural caverns: limited to 25% occupancy; interactive exhibits are closed

What else can open, and how can it open?

  • Barbershops, hair salons, cosmetology salons, nail salons, tanning salons, massage establishments, personal-care centers: must keep 6 feet of social distancing between operating work stations

  • Child care centers: must follow state and federal health protocols and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines

  • Churches and places of worship: must keep 6 feet of separation between household parties

  • Gyms and exercise facilities: limited to 25% occupancy; locker rooms and showers are closed, but restrooms are open

  • Malls: limited to 25% occupancy; food courts, play areas, video arcades and interactive displays are closed

  • Manufacturers: limited to 25% of facility occupancy

  • Movie theaters: limited to 25% occupancy; video arcades and interactive games are closed

  • Museums and libraries: limited to 25% occupancy; interactive functions or exhibits are closed

  • Offices: limited to 10 people or 25% occupancy

  • Outdoor sports: limited to four participants playing together without contact

  • Parks, beaches, rivers, lakes: indoor and outdoor pools limited to 25% occupancy; groups of less than 10 people and 6 feet of social distancing are recommended; additional measures are recommended for rafting; state parks are open with restrictions

  • Retail stores: limited to 25% occupancy

  • Wedding venues: indoor receptions are limited to 25% occupancy

  • Youth clubs: indoor meetings are limited to 10 people with 6 feet of social distancing

What can open next?

Some openings differ in certain counties such as Deaf Smith, El Paso, Moore, Potter and Randall counties. More detailed information is on the state's Open Texas website.

The state has also issued health protocols for all individuals, as of May 18, which includes self-screening, limiting groups to no more than 10 people, keeping 6 feet of separation between people, using hand sanitizer and staying home for people age 65 and up.
By Taylor Girtman
After interning with Community Impact Newspaper in 2019, Taylor Girtman became a reporter for the Cedar Park and Leander edition in Feb. 2020. She covers Leander ISD and the Cedar Park and Leander city councils.


Dustin Geiger (right), a hitter who has played with the Chicago Cubs and Miami Marlins in the minor leagues, utilizes the center's data-gathering technology. (Sally Grace Holtgrieve/Community Impact Newspaper)
Baseball, softball players of all levels improving their game at 180 Performance Center in Leander

At 180, 6-year-olds and Major-League Baseball players alike partake in long-term development plans and instruction; take group and individual pitching, hitting, catching and infield lessons; and are granted access to technology used in the MLB.

Round Rock Donuts to build bakery in Cedar Park

The pending permit request is for a 6,000-square-foot bakery.

Chicken wing, daiquiri restaurant coming to Leander in 2021

The Thirsty Chicken will open in January with outdoor seating, karaoke nights, music and a dance floor.

Courtney and Alaa Bataineh opened Leyla's Mediterranean Cafe in December 2019. (Sally Grace Holtgrieve/Community Impact Newspaper)
Leyla's Mediterranean Cafe offers high-quality, affordable meals in Cedar Park

Owner Alaa Bataineh said his precise spice mixtures, along with the use of fresh ingredients, are what make the dishes so great.

Local business brings Alaskan fish to Central Texas markets

Fish from Savory Alaska taste like the ocean, the owners said, and lack the “fishy” taste that customers often avoid.

The daily coronavirus update did not come out on Oct. 19 and 20. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Williamson County daily coronavirus update stalled after inconsistencies are found

The daily coronavirus update did not come out on Oct. 19 and 20.

Early voting at the Ben Hur Shrine Temple
Some Austin-area polling locations have recorded 10,000-plus votes through first week of early voting

Three Williamson County polling locations have each reported more than 10,000 ballots cast in the first week of early voting.

Capital Metro celebrated the opening of a renovated and expanded downtown Austin MetroRail hub Oct. 19. (Courtesy Capital Metro)
Capital Metro opens downtown Austin station and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from the Austin area.

Photo of a wall of "I voted" stickers
More than 30% of Travis County voters have cast their ballot in first week of early voting

Both in-person voting and by-mail voting in Travis County are up compared to the first week of early voting in 2016.