Gov. Abbott announces another reopening phase for the state of Texas

Governor Greg Abbott on Tuesday said he will not suspended property appraisals this tax year. (Joshua Saunders, KSAT)


Breaking News: Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Monday announced Phase 2 of reopening Texas to include bars, bowling alleys, summer sports camps and childcare services with restrictions. Restaurants are also being allowed to expand dining-in capacity to 50%. You can learn more about what’s allowed to reopen by clicking here.

Allowed to open immediately:

  • Child care centers
  • Office buildings (25%)
  • Personal Care services (massage, beauty services)
  • Youth sports, clubs (scouting, etc)
  • Gyms

May 22

  • Bars at 25%
  • Bowling alleys, bingo halls, skating rinks
  • Rodeos
  • Zoos, aquariums, natural caverns

May 31

  • Youth day camps
  • Overnight youth camps
  • Some professional sports


Governor Greg Abbott is expected to make an announcement on Texas’ plan for reopening, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The governor will speak at 2 p.m. Monday, May 18 at the State Capitol. KSAT 12 will stream the announcement live on broadcast, on, and on our KSAT 12 news app from the video player above.

On Saturday, Gov. Abbott announced over 700 cases of the virus were reported in Amarillo and detailed his containment plan.

Currently, the Amarillo region has 516 hospital beds available, 236 surge beds available and 110 ventilators available, according to a previous KSAT 12 report.

The governor deployed mobile testing teams for free COVID-19 tests for Amarillo and surrounding communities earlier this month.

Gov. Abbott has reopened all retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters and malls in the state, as long as they abide by social distancing and limit customer entry at 25% capacity.

The governor is expected to announce more reopenings in the state during his Monday briefing.

For more on Gov. Abbott:

WATCH: KSAT interview with Governor Greg Abbott about plan to reopen Texas

Gov. Abbott: Over 700 COVID-19 cases confirmed in one day in Amarillo

Massage therapists urge Governor Abbott to allow their businesses to reopen

About the Author:

Cody King is a digital journalist for KSAT 12. She previously worked for WICS/WRSP 20 in Springfield, Illinois.