P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
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Texas is taking new action under Phase II of the state's plan to safely and strategically reopen for business and help Texans get back to work.
According to the Governor's proclamation on Tuesday, water parks, drivers education programs, food-court dining areas, and recreational sports programs for adults can begin operation this week, with limited occupancy and while adhering to health protocols.
To help us stay connected to our loved ones who are in nursing home facilities, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission announced funding for tablets, webcams, and headphones for video calls. As a grandmother of 12, I can only imagine how excited grandparents across the state will be to reconnect with their grandchildren.
Tasting rooms and bars are currently operating at 25% capacity. Restaurants are free to seat up to 50% indoors. I know they are excited to serve you, and I also understand not all Texans are ready to go out and about. That is okay. But I do hope we all find ways to support our neighborhood "mom and pops." Whether ordering food to take home — or enjoying dining in house — your support helps our communities and families recover from the economic challenges surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.
This virus is real. There is no denying it. But there is also no benefit in spreading fear over facts. Here are a few facts worth sharing: Out of those tested, the positivity rate has hovered around 5% for the last several days. And, a number to be especially grateful for: more than 36,000 Texans have recovered so far.
There is always good news to be found, even amidst our greatest challenges.
Senator Jane Nelson