Businesses that have been permitted to open under previous phases may continue to operate with their designated health standards and occupancy levels. Abbott urged Texans to continue wearing a mask, washing their hands and practicing social distancing.
“As we experience an increase in both positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, we are focused on strategies that slow the spread of this virus while also allowing Texans to continue earning a paycheck to support their families,” Abbott said. “The last thing we want to do as a state is go backwards and close down businesses. This temporary pause will help our state corral the spread until we can safely enter the next phase of opening our state for business. “