AUSTIN — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott will allow water parks, recreational sport programs for adults, driver education programs, and food-court dining areas within shopping malls to reopen on Friday.
Abbott issued a proclamation expanding additional services and activities that can open under Phase II of the state’s plan to safely and strategically open.
The proclamation limits occupancy of the operations to protect the health and safety of Texans.
Beginning Friday, water parks can open but must limit their occupancy to 25% of normal operating limits. Components of these water parks that have video arcades must remain closed.
Starting Sunday, recreational sports programs for adults can resume, but games and similar competitions may not begin until June 15. Driver education programs can resume operations immediately.
Food-court dining areas within shopping malls can also immediately resume operations, but malls are encouraged to designate one or more individuals who are responsible for ensuring health and safety practices are followed, including: limiting tables to six individuals; maintaining a six-feet distance between individuals sitting at different tables; cleaning and disinfecting tables between uses; and ensuring no condiments or other items are left on tables between customer uses.