GALLERY: Restrictions in Montgomery County easing, but residents remain cautious

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Employees at Riva Row Boat House in The Woodlands were masked May 28. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)

Employees at Riva Row Boat House in The Woodlands were masked May 28. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Children play at a playground in Candy Cane Park in Conroe on May 28. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Residents walk through a shopping center in north Conroe wearing masks. At an April 27 news conference, Gov. Greg Abbott said, "We strongly recommend that everyone wear a mask. However, it's not a mandate, and we made clear that no jurisdiction can impose any type of penalty or fine." (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Some stores, such as the one pictured in north Conroe, are requiring customers to wear masks. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Riva Row Boat House was open for rental services by appointment only May 28. Customers had to complete a questionnaire to go out on the water. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The pool at Sawmill Mark in The Woodlands was closed May 28 due to coronavirus restricitons. Several village pools in The Woodlands will open June 26 with 25% capacity under current social distancing guideline, according to decisions made at a May 27 The Woodlands Township board of directors meeting. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The Woodlands Township has 126 trained lifeguards for the pools and 33 who formerly worked for the township and are just awaiting final paperwork to rejoin staff. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Additional guards were needed to help sanitize the pool areas, and bringing in new guards is additionally complicated by the type of training required, which normally requires close physical contact, according to Parks & Recreation Director Chris Nunes. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)
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As of May 28, there are 470 active cases of coronavirus in the county, including 27 hospitalizations. Recoveries make up 444 of the county's 940 total recorded cases. Twenty-six county residents have died of complications related to COVID-19. (Eva Vigh/Community Impact Newspaper)
In the week of May 24, public pools in The Woodlands remained closed with plans to reopen at 25% capacity June 6. Meanwhile, businesses in Montgomery County were operating with different requirements on face masks: Some are requiring only their employees to wear them and just screening customers, while others are requiring customers to wear masks.


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