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Recently, Gov. Greg Abbott outlined the state’s plan for reopening the economy in the wake of COVID-19 response measures. In making the announcement, the governor stated, “It’s time to set a new course … that responsibly opens up business in Texas.” Abbott outlined steps to begin a three-phase reopening of the state’s economy. Phase I began Friday, May 1 and will allow a wide range of businesses to open at reduced (25%) capacity. After two weeks of evaluating data, Phase II may begin as early as May 18, which will increase allowable capacity to 50%. Businesses that can open under the new Executive Order include: All retail stores, restaurants, malls, movie theaters, museums and libraries; Sole proprietor businesses can reopen; All licensed health care professionals can return to work with few restrictions; Churches and places of worship can expand their current allowable capacity, with continued distancing measures advised; and Outdoor sports of no more than four participants In proximate interaction will be allowed. Though the governor’s order allows a return to business, it does not require businesses or business owners to do so. Enforcement measures will primarily be done at the local or regulatory level. If a business is found to violate capacity restrictions, it will be subject to lose its license to operate. Additional enforcement measures include penalties of up to $1,000 and 180 days in jail. The governor’s order supersedes all local ordinances.
Dan Huberty, Representative
Jack Cagle, Commissioner
Harris County Precinct 4
We are continuing to follow the CDC guidelines that are recommended by our granters to ensure safety for all clients, employees and customers. At this time through Phase 1, we are continuing with no changes. Our caseworkers and counselors will continue to work from home assisting our clients. We have had an increase in the amount of clients and so far the telehealth and phone assistance is working well with no problems. Our main office and Dayton office skeleton staff will continue with the same schedule for the time being. We are happy to report our shelter staff and clients are all safe and well and we will continue alternating staff and taking extra precautions to ensure safety for all. Our thrift store remains closed and we are making modifications for additional safety with plexiglass protection getting ready for when we are to open again. Currently we do not have a date when we will be open or able to accept regular donations. We will continue to evaluate and update you accordingly. The wonderful meals that have been delivered to our staff, the essential donations that have been dropped off and the generous donations that we have received through this challenging time we certainly are thankful for. Thank you for your unwavering support of FamilyTime during this pandemic.
FamilyTime Interim Executive Director