Gov. Abbott says local counties must remain at current reopening level

Gov. Greg Abbott announced today (Monday, May 18) that Potter and Randall counties (which includes the city of Amarillo) will remain at current reopening levels related to COVID-19 for one week.

The governor announced Monday the next phase of reopening businesses in the state. There are five counties that will delay Phase Two of the reopening process for one week. The counties are Randall, Potter, Moore, Deaf Smith and El Paso counties.

The governor described the one-week delay as a “temporary pause” in the reopening process for these counties. 

Current requirements for restaurants have been in effect since May 5 and for barber shops and salons since May 8. Gyms were allowed to open Monday at 25 percent capacity. These regulations and requirements remain in effect for the next seven days.

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“The city has been working diligently with the governor’s office in formulating and crafting a response to COVID-19,” said Amarillo Mayor Ginger Nelson. “In a state the size of Texas, a one-size-fits-all policy does not always work. Keeping Amarillo and the community at the current reopening level for seven days is prudent and appropriate as we continue to address the spread of this illness in our community.

“We are grateful for the cooperation with the state and with the governor in addressing the individual needs of cities and counties during this pandemic. A one-week delay in moving ahead with an additional reopening phase ensures that Amarillo can continue to maintain our health care capacity.”