P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
This week, we took another step toward reigniting the Texas economy. Cosmetology, nail, tanning and hair salons, as well as barber shops, are all free to return to work. Wedding venues and swimming pools can also reopen. I know there are many of us who have been cutting our loved one's hair at home, and we are ready to hand things back over to the professionals!
Local businesses that are able to reopen have a lot of adjustments to make. I hope you'll join me in being supportive but patient as these businesses navigate capacity limitations and safety protocols, outlined in the Open Texas Checklists: gov.texas.gov/organization/opentexas
Texas was able to open more businesses, in part, due to an increase in testing, which would not be possible without our medical community. Thank you to the 1,262 National Guardsmen who are working throughout our state to help with this effort. We are up to nearly 430,000 Texans who have been tested so far, and the CDC is sending 750,000 collection swabs, due to arrive by June 1. Visit covidtest.tdem.texas.gov/ to locate testing sites near you. Here are some additional resources for testing:
Tarrant County COVID-19 Testing: covidtesting.tarrantcounty.com/
Denton County COVID-19 Testing: DentonCounty.gov/COVID19testing
Texas Department of State Health Services: dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/
Childcare is another critical component, and a federal block grant is helping Texas invest over $20 million a month to assist with child care for essential workers, sanitation supplies and overhead costs for daycare centers that are temporarily closed. For more information on childcare assistance, visit www.twc.texas.gov/students/child-care-program.
Wednesday was National Nurses Day. I am so grateful to our nurses and the indispensable role they play in our health care system -- which has been demonstrated throughout the pandemic. I hope everyone got a chance to see the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels flyover our communities. What an incredible tribute to our front line workers. It really lifted our spirits during this difficult time -- and we will need more of that in the days to come.
Senator Jane Nelson