Gov. Abbott pauses reopening phases due to recent surge of COVID-19 cases

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott paused reopening phases for Texas June 25. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott paused reopening phases for Texas June 25. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott paused reopening phases for Texas June 25. (Brian Rash/Community Impact Newspaper)

Gov. Greg Abbott has paused any further phases in reopening Texas due to the recent surges in positive COVD-19 cases and hospitalizations, according to a press release June 25.

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. “

By Andy Li
Originally from Boone, North Carolina, Andy Li is a graduate of East Carolina University with degrees in Communication with a concentration in Journalism and Political Science. While in school, he worked as a performing arts reporter, news, arts and copy editor and a columnist at the campus newspaper, The East Carolinian. He also had the privilege to work with NPR’s Next Generation Radio, a project for student journalists exploring radio news. Moving to Houston in May 2019, he now works as the reporter for the Conroe/Montgomery edition of Community Impact Newspaper.


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