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Austin area officials extended their stay-at-home guidelines Friday morning as businesses reopen under new state rules.

Shelley Luther spoke to reporters after being released from jail in Dallas.
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Dallas salon owner Shelley Luther, who defied orders to keep her business closed during the pandemic, was released from jail Thursday, according to the Dallas County Sheriff's Office. She had been in jail since Tuesday after being sentenced to seven days, but on Thursday morning, the Texas Supreme Court granted a motion to release her.

Murals adorn boarded-up businesses along Sixth Street. Businesses across the city were shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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The state Capitol building in downtown Austin during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Hair salons, barbershops, nail salons and tanning salons can reopen starting Friday, Gov. Greg Abbott announced. Gyms, nonessential manufacturers and businesses that work out of office buildings will be allowed to reopen May 18, with certain restrictions. 

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From Texas Standard:

Since the coronavirus outbreak began in Texas, state and local officials have had to make difficult decisions to protect Texans' health and safety. Some of those decisions have had dire economic consequences.

Businesses in downtown Austin were boarded up during the coronavirus pandemic in April. Gov. Greg Abbott has allowed restaurants and certain other businesses to reopen at 25% capacity on Friday, but not all are choosing to do so.
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Texas’ statewide stay-at-home order expires Friday, but the City of Austin has yet to clarify how this might affect local residents, how it will enforce the governor’s new order and what, if any, additional requirements the city will enact.

A TXDOT sign on a highway near Houston during the coronavirus pandemic on April 1.
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Texas is ending restrictions on travelers from Louisiana that began a month ago to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

A business on South Congress displays a closed sign during the coronavirus pandemic. Nonessential businesses have been told to close to slow the spread of the disease.
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Retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters and malls can reopen Friday provided they limit occupancy to no more than 25%, Gov. Greg Abbott said.

At a news conference Monday, Abbott said he was letting his stay-at-home order expire and allowing businesses to reopen in phases.  

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Gov. Greg Abbott said his team is working quickly on a program to get Texans back to work and that he’ll be making an announcement Monday about next steps to reopen the state's economy. 

“The good news is Texas is prepared to be taking very positive steps toward opening up our state and finally ensuring that we’re going to have more of our employees going back to work,” he said during a press conference Tuesday.

He did not say what types of businesses will be able to open.

Gov. Greg Abbott announced a strike force in charge of laying steps to reopen the Texas economy at a press conference in the capitol on April 17.
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Texans rallied outside the state Capitol over the weekend, pushing for Gov. Greg Abbott to quickly reopen the state. But, as Texas COVID-19 deaths continue to rise, Abbott’s planning a more gradual approach and outlined a phased reopening for the state’s economy on Friday.

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From Texas Standard:

On Friday, Gov. Greg Abbott announced measures loosening restrictions on some parts of the Texas economy. State parks begin reopening on Monday, with partial lifting of restrictions on retail stores and surgery providers to follow. 

On Sunday, state data showed a 4% increase over the previous day's number of coronavirus cases. The total is approximately 19,000 in Texas. The statewide death toll totals just under 500 lives lost to COVID-19.

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Gov. Greg Abbott announced a plan to gradually reopen aspects of the state's economy, with a goal of allowing Texans to return to work while containing the spread of COVID-19. 

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Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday that reopening the Texas economy will be a "slow process" guided by public health concerns as he continued to preview a forthcoming executive order that will detail his strategy to reignite business in the state.

Gov. Greg Abbott speaks to media during a press conference on the coronavirus in February.
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Gov. Greg Abbott extended his disaster declaration for all Texas counties on Sunday in response to COVID-19.

He originally issued the declaration, which enables the state to secure resources to mitigate the spread of the disease, on March 13. 

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The Texas Supreme Court has revived Gov. Greg Abbott’s order restricting the release of some jail inmates during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Heman Marion Sweatt Travis County Court House in downtown Austin.
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A Travis County judge has temporarily blocked Gov. Greg Abbott's order limiting judges' ability to grant personal bonds under the state's disaster declaration.

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Gov. Greg Abbott said the daily trend line for the number of coronavirus cases in Travis County is “the type of line you want to see.”

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Gov. Greg Abbott is touting examples of Texans helping Texans during the coronavirus pandemic.

At a news briefing Wednesday, he said Texas companies have stepped forward to increase production of personal protective equipment. He cited Prestige Ameritech in North Richland Hills, which is working with the Texas National Guard to create 2 million face masks per week. Another company, Reyes Automotive in San Antonio, is expected to start making 5,000 face shields a day for health care workers in Texas.

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Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday he feels more confident now than ever in regard to Texas' ability to acquire personal protective equipment.

Inmates chat inside a cell block at the Harris County Jail.
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Gov. Greg Abbott’s order restricting the release of some Texas jail inmates during the coronavirus pandemic is being challenged in federal court. Civil rights attorneys filed a court motion Wednesday arguing the order unconstitutionally discriminates against poor defendants and also takes away judges' power to make individual release decisions.

The Texas Capitol Building in downtown Austin during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Gov. Greg Abbott issued an order Tuesday requiring Texans to limit personal interactions that could lead to the spread of COVID-19. The order states schools will remain closed until at least May 4.

Gov. Greg Abbott speaks to media at a press conference on COVID-19.
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People flying into Texas airports from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut will be subject to a mandatory self-quarantine for 14 days, or the duration of their stay in Texas, whichever is shorter.

An ambulance parked outside St. David's South Austin Medical Center.
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State officials say they are trying to get protective gear to medical staff at hospitals across Texas as quickly as possible, as the coronavirus continues to spread.

Gov. Greg Abbott speaks to media at a press conference on COVID-19.
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Hospitals must submit daily reports on bed capacity and COVID-19 tests to the state health department, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday. The department will in turn submit reports to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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From Texas Standard:

As of Monday morning, there is no statewide shelter-in-place order in Texas like the ones in New York and California. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order last week requiring bars and gyms to close and restaurants to limit service to takeout orders. But he said expanding that to shelter in place would be up to local officials.

Abbott is also looking to grow the state's supply of safety equipment for medical professionals, to protect them from COVID-19.

Gov. Greg Abbott speaks to media at a press conference regarding COVID on Feb. 27.
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Sunday he is issuing orders to increase health care and hospital capacity as COVID-19 spreads throughout the state. He said he was not, however, going to issue a "shelter-in-place" order for Texas, as many other governors have done.

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The May 26 primary election runoffs will be delayed until July in response to the growing outbreak of the new coronavirus in Texas under an order signed Friday by Gov. Greg Abbott.

Gov. Greg Abbott speaks to media at a press conference regarding COVID on Feb. 27.
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Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order that temporarily closes schools, bars and gyms – and limits restaurant service to takeout and delivery orders only amid COVID-19 concerns. The order, which goes into effect at 11:59 Friday night and lasts until April 3, also limits gatherings to 10 people.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott speaks during a news conference declaring a statewide emergency over the new coronavirus.
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Gov. Greg Abbott says he will make an announcement Thursday about potential further statewide action to combat the new coronavirus, acknowledging that the spread of COVID-19 in Texas has increased dramatically over the past several days.

Major General Tracy Norris, with the National Guard, speaks to the media during a news conference on coronavirus last month.
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Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday that he is activating the Texas National Guard in response to the novel coronavirus outbreak in the state, which had at least 76 positive cases as of Tuesday. While there is no need to deploy troops yet, he said, Guard members will be standing ready.

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