ROUNDUP: Most popular Houston-area stories from the past week

Here are the top Houston-area stories from the previous week on Community Impact Newspaper’s website.

Houston may furlough all employees except police, fire to help make up $200 million budget shortfall, mayor pro tem says

Attempting to make up for a projected $200 million projected budget shortfall resulting from the economic downturn, the city of Houston will likely furlough most of its employees, Mayor Pro Tem Dave Martin said.

Harris County issues new Stay Home-Work Safe order through May 20 aligned with state guidelines

On the same day the governor allowed certain businesses to reopen, Harris County issued an updated order May 1 to reflect these changes and emphasize the need to limit gatherings and stay home except for essential activities.

Houston passes $15 million rental assistance program

Houston City Council approved a $15 million fund May 7 to assist lower-income residents struggling to pay rent because of coronavirus-related wage losses.

PHOTOS: Katy-area economy begins to reopen

Katy Editor Jen Para captured the scene as retailers and restaurant dining rooms in the area began to reopen May 1.

Dining in: Tomball, Magnolia restaurants have mixed feelings about eased coronavirus restrictions

Restaurant owners’ reactions to being allowed to reopen for dine-in service ranged from excitement to hesitation and worry.

Jake Magee, Shawn Arrajj, Emma Whalen, Jen Para and Dylan Sherman contributed to this report.