(Austin) — Texas is slowing down its coronavirus reopening plan due to an increase in cases. Governor Greg Abbott says businesses will stay open, but it’s important to get control of coronavirus cases.
The governor also says he doesn’t not want to shut down the economy and is hopeful the temporary pause of additional re-opening phases will help. Texas has seen cases rise over the past month with Abbott ordering hospitals in four counties to stop elective surgeries. The governor wants people to practice social distancing, wear a mask, and practice good hygiene to prevent coronavirus.
The Texas Education Agency is also delaying its final recommendations for school districts in the state to reopen safely this fall. The agency’s report was scheduled to be released on Tuesday but was replaced by a conference call with school superintendents to provide some guidelines. TEA Commissioner Mike Morath told the superintendents he couldn’t give final guidance on in-campus teaching because of the recent surge in coronavirus cases. He said the state will provide that guidance “as soon as possible.”