By Fred Lucas ~
Come Friday in Texas, the nation’s second-largest economy, businesses such as restaurants and retail stores will be open again, but at a 25% occupancy rate. After that, public health officials will reevaluate the data and decide whether to allow a 50% occupancy rate.
A restaurant employee cleans an outdoor patio table Monday at Benny’s Cafe in Colleyville, Texas, before the scheduled reopening of businesses in the Lone Star State. Gov. Greg Abbott announced that retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters, and malls may reopen at 25% capacity beginning Friday. (Photo: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
The Lone Star State is among nine states where governors’ stay-at-home orders expire at the end of Thursday, allowing for a gradual reopening of their economies, according to Pew Research Center’s Stateline, which monitors state governments.
“If we go back to work and there is no increase [in COVID-19 cases], people could become…
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