Gov. Abbott issues proclamation allowing water parks to open

Starting May 29, water parks will be able to open up to 25% capacity. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Starting May 29, water parks will be able to open up to 25% capacity. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Starting May 29, water parks will be able to open up to 25% capacity. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Gov. Greg Abbott issued a proclamation on May 26 allowing water parks, as well as other services and activities, to reopen under Phase II of the state reopening plan.



Starting Friday, May 29, water parks will be allowed to open but must limit guests to 25% of the park's normal operating limits as determined by the park venue owner. Indoor water parks will be limited to 25% of listed occupancy. Video arcade areas will remain closed.



The other services and activities listed in the proclamation include recreational sports programs for adults, driver education programs and mall food court areas.



Sports programs will be able to resume starting May 31, but games and competitions will not be allowed to start again until June 15.



Driver education programs can resume operations immediately.



Mall food court dining areas can also resume operations immediately, but malls are encouraged to follow health and safety practices, such as limiting tables to six people, maintaining social distancing and cleaning all tables between uses.

By Morgan Slutzky
Morgan is the reporter for the Pearland and Friendswood newspaper. She joined Community Impact in 2019 after graduating from Temple University with a degree in journalism. Her primary area of coverage is education, but she also writes about local events and businesses.


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