Who is allowed to reopen May 1, 2020?

Nothing in the Governor’s order will require a business to re-open if its owners want it to remain closed.  At this time, the City of Palestine will be keeping our City offices and library closed to the public through June 1, 2020, due to the recent increase of confirmed COVID-19 cases in our community.  We are trying to do our part to reduce the risk of spread to our essential workers.  City staff will still be available to provide assistance via e-mail or telephone.  Utility bill payments currently have the online credit card processing fee waived by the City.  You may pay your utility bill via telephone, online, or by dropping your bill in the utility drop box located at the back of City Hall.  If the spread of COVID-19 reduces in Anderson County, the City could consider an earlier date for re-opening to the public.

https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/press/EO-GA-18_expanded_reopening_of_services_COVID-19.pdf

Gov. Greg Abbott will let the statewide stay-at-home order expire Thursday, April 30th, and will begin the first phase of reopening measures on Friday, May 1st. 

Retail stores, restaurants, theaters, and malls can reopen Friday with limited occupancy. Museums and libraries can reopen as long as interactive areas stay closed.

Everyone is still encouraged to wear masks or face coverings and practice proper hygiene.

Below you will find a list of links to the governor's report to open Texas. In accordance with Governor Abbott’s executive order GA-18, the following are the minimum recommended health protocols. Additional protocols consistent with their specific needs and circumstances to help protect the health and safety of all employees and customers may be adopted.

The following links require a pdf reader. If you do not have one, you may download a free copy by going to Adobe.

 


 


 


 

RESTAURANT CUSTOMERS

The following are the minimum recommended health protocols for all restaurant customers in Texas. These minimum health protocols are not a limit on the health protocols that individuals may adopt. Individuals are encouraged to adopt additional protocols consistent with their specific needs and circumstances to help protect the health and safety of all Texans.

RETAILERS

Non-essential retailers may operate up to 25% of the total listed occupancy. In addition, non-essential retailers may operate through pickup, delivery by mail, or delivery to the customer’s doorstep. The following are the minimum recommended health protocols for all retailers choosing to operate in Texas.

RETAIL CUSTOMERS

The following are the minimum recommended health protocols for all retail customers. These protocols are not a limit on the health protocols that individuals may adopt. Individuals are encouraged to adopt additional protocols consistent with their specific needs and circumstances to help protect the health and safety of all Texans.