Texans planning to go to bars when they reopen on Friday could be met with unfamiliar scenes as state restrictions require that establishments operate at 25 percent capacity, discourage "close contact" and not allow patrons to gather, sit or order drinks from actual bars.
"It's a nice gesture," the salon owner said of Cruz's visit. His family actually called my boyfriend and prayed for him for 20 minutes while I was in jail. When people reach out with true authenticity, it's huge."
Texas salon owner Shelley Luther has received nearly $500,000 in GoFundMe donations after being given a $7,000 fine and one-week jail sentence for operating despite public health restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
"The goal never has been to get COVID-19 transmission down to zero," the governor said. "The goal is to reopen using strategies, that are proven strategies that can continue to contain the spread of COVID-19."
The reviews of what should happen next as Texas slowly reopens its economy are mixed, with some businesses ready to hit the ground running, and others wanting to wait and see if COVID-19 comes back in a second devastating wave.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott shared his plan to carefully and cautiously reopen the state's economy on Friday. The first phase involved the reopening of state parks and the use of "retail-to-go" services starting on Friday.