Governor Abbott Announces Phase III To Open Texas

Chris Fox
June 03, 2020 - 4:49 pm

    Governor Greg Abbott, in a press release Wednesday announced that under Phase III of the state’s reopening of the economy virtually all businesses in Texas can expand their occupancy to 50%, effective immediately.

    This also includes bars and amusement parks and carnivals in counties with less than a thousand confirmed cases of COVID-19 and restaurants can expand table size from 6 to 10 people.

    On June 12th restaurants can go to 75-percent capacity.

    "The people of Texas continue to prove that we can safely and responsibly open our state for business while containing COVID-19 and keeping our state safe,” said Governor Abbott. "As anticipated, the new positive cases that we are seeing are largely the result of isolated hot spots in nursing homes, jails, and meat packing plants. Thanks to the effectiveness of our Surge Response Teams, we have the ability to contain those hot spots while opening up Texas for business. As we begin Phase III, I ask all Texans and Texas businesses to continue following the standard health protocols and to heed the guidance of our state and federal officials who continue to closely monitor COVID-19. If we remain vigilant, we will continue to mitigate the spread of this virus, protect public health, and get more Texans back to work and their daily activities."

    Effective June 3:

    All businesses currently operating at 25% capacity can expand their occupancy to 50% with certain exceptions.

    Bars and similar establishments may increase their capacity to 50% as long as patrons are seated.

    Amusement parks and carnivals in counties with less than 1,000 confirmed positive cases may open at 50% capacity.

    Restaurants may expand their maximum table size from 6 to 10 persons. 


    Effective June 12:

    Restaurants may expand their occupancy levels to 75%.

    Counties with 10 or less active COVID-19 cases may expand their occupancy limits to 75%. Counties that fit this category but have not previously filed an attestation with DSHS will need to do so.


    Effective June 19:

    Amusement parks and carnivals in counties with more than 1,000 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 may open at 50% capacity.


    Additional Openings:

    Special provisions have been made for outdoor gatherings, such as Fourth of July celebrations, but it is imperative that local officials and public health officials collaborate on safe standards. These provisions are included in the Governor's Executive Order and are also available on the Open Texas webpage.


    Further Protocols:

    All businesses should continue to follow the minimum standard health protocols from DSHS. For details and a full list of guidelines, openings, and relevant dates, visit

    Reminders for those going out:

    • Individuals are encouraged to wear appropriate face coverings.

    • People should not be in groups greater than ten when possible.

    • People over the age of 65 are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible.

    • People are still asked to avoid nursing homes, state supported living centers, assisted living facilities, or long-term care facilities.