I was delighted to get to attend the groundbreaking and see the progress on the RCR Taylor Logistics Park out on 3349 at 79 yesterday. It is shaping up to be an impressive site and we are looking forward to the businesses this new venture is going to bring to Taylor.
While I AM terribly excited by this new Taylor business, I have to tell you that I was absolutely thrilled to see faces that I haven't seen in far too long. Like so many of you, I am eager to see people again and return to some kind of normalcy.
Speaking of that, we heard from Governor Abbott Wednesday afternoon that he is initiating Phase 3 of reopening Texas. Here's what that means...
- Almost all businesses can operate at 50% capacity.
- Restaurants (already at 50%) can increase the number of people sitting at a table from six to 10 on June 12. On that same day, they can ramp capacity to 75%
- Bars can immediately go to 50% as long as customers remain seated.
- There is no occupancy limited for churches and houses of worship, local government operations, child care services, youth camps and recreational sports programs for youths and adults.
- The following out-door areas and events can operate at no more than 50% normal operating limits: professional, collegiate or similar sporting events; swimming pools; water parks; museums and libraries; zoos, aquariums, natural caverns and similar facilities; and rodeos and equestrian events.
- For other outdoor gatherings estimated to be in excess of 500 people, imposing restrictions falls to the county judge or mayor in consultation with public health authority.
- Salons and barbershops can operate at more than 50% as long as there is 6 ft of social distancing between work stations. This also applies to massage therapists, tanning salons, tattoo and piercing studios, etc.
- Amusement parks and carnivals can operate up to 50% of normal operating limits except in counties with more than 1,000 cumulative cases of COVID-19 which have to wait until June 19 to do so. Williamson County falls in the first category as of this writing with 649 cumulative cases.
So you will know the order (which can be found
) notes that staff members are not included in determining operating levels except for manufacturing services and office workers.