Governor says classrooms won't reopen this school year


Key highlights from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s new executive orders issued Friday:

School classrooms will remain closed to students for the remainder of the school year. More guidance is forthcoming from the Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath concerning graduations and other issues.

Following the school closures, University Interscholastic League is canceling all remaining 2019-2020 spring activities and state championships. Practices, rehearsals, and workouts remain suspended until further notice.

Guidance will be issued to allow some retail stores to reopen April 24 for to-go business only, with additional rollouts in the coming weeks if numbers of cases continue to decline and testing and hospital capacities remain adequate.

State parks are to be reopened Monday, April 20 with restrictions on number of persons grouped at five and required wearing of face masks. With the same requirements, Mineola is set to reopen city-owned public parks starting 7:30 a.m. Monday.

The new orders include the formation of a statewide strike force to guide reopening the Texas economy.

They also include loosening of restrictions on medical procedures.

Additional avenues to reopen the economy are forthcoming April 27, which could include restaurants and venues in line with the continued containment of risk and protection of the vulnerable.

The stay-at-home order remains in effect until April 30.