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From The News-courier staff—
AUSTIN—Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monday his next wave of reopenings designed to restart the Texas economy during the coronavirus pandemic, allowing childcare services to open to everyone, not just essential workers, immediately.
In addition, massage establishments, tattoo studios, piercing studios and other personal-care and beauty services also could be reopened immediately.
Bars, wine rooms, bowling alleys, bingo halls and skating rinks can reopen at 25% capacity while dine-in restaurants can move up to 50% capacity on Friday.
Outdoor zoos may reopen at 25% the following Friday.
Youth sports, 4-H and bible camps can open along with professional sports without spectators on May 31. Youth sports programs can also start practice then with games scheduled no sooner than June 15.
Furthermore, in-person summer schools can begin on June 1.
Abbott reports the state is still evaluating opening amusement parks, such as Six Flags, and said nursing homes, assisted living facilities and long-term care facilities would remain closed to outside visitors.
Abbott exempted two hotspots — Amarillo and El Paso — from his latest decisions, saying they would need to wait a week.
Amarillo has been a hotspot due to outbreaks at its meatpacking plants, and earlier this month, the state dispatched one of its Surge Response Teams to the city to try to get things under control.
In El Paso, the situation has deteriorated enough that the county judge Ricardo Samaniego and other local officials asked Abbott last week to exempt the county from reopening.