FILE – In this July 8, 2016, file photo, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at a news conference at City Hall in Dallas. Harvey’s devastation is testing two Texas leaders whose personal styles are as divergent as their politics. Republican Gov. Abbott sets his conservative state’s agenda using a lawyerly demeanor. Houston Democratic Mayor Sylvester Turner is a former state lawmaker who made a career of impassioned defenses of usually doomed liberal legislation. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)
Someone had to do it and it sounds like Texas, in its typical fashion, is going big.
Governor Greg Abbott announced on Friday that he would be issuing an order next week on how businesses could reopen.
From Washington Examiner:
Abbott held a press conference Friday to announce a forthcoming executive order that sets guidelines for how businesses can begin to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic. “Next week, I will be providing an executive order talking about what will be done in Texas about reopening Texas businesses,” Abbott said Friday, saying economic activity can resume “in a way that will be safe for that economic revitalization.”
“We will focus on protecting lives while restoring livelihoods. We can and we must do this,” said Abbott.
The governor had ordered many businesses closed on March 19, including schools, restaurants, bars and gyms to help slow the Wuhan coronavirus spread.
As of Saturday, according to Worldometers, there have been 115,918 total Texans tested, with 12,186 total cases and 248 deaths.
Texas has one of the lowest death rates per million in the country with 9 deaths per million, according to Worldometers. For its population, it doesn’t have anywhere near the problem that New York or even California has. That may be a variety of factors, from a difference in population density to having more time to prepare.
Abbott indicated they were obviously taking the decision seriously. “Every life lost is one too many,” Abbott said.
It’s not clear yet what his guidelines for reopening are going to be .
It’s obviously a challenging decision. But you just can’t shut down forever, someone has to make the balanced decision. People can’t survive without the economy in operation. That is also vital to health and welfare. We are throwing millions of people out of work, some into poverty without being able to feed their families. How do people in authority think that will affect their health? This will actually hurt the people most in need if you don’t make a balanced decision to let at least the folks less at risk back to work soon. Let the folks most at risk make the choice to stay home.