On April 17, 2020, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced the creation of a “Strike Force to Open Texas” and issued Executive Order 17 for implementation. Governor Abbott made clear that the State’s March 31 “Stay-At-Home” Order standard stays in force through April 30, but that Executive Order 17 loosened some provisions therein.
The announcement sets out the following:
The Strike Force is made up of leading Texas politicians (Lieutenant Governor, Speaker of the House, Comptroller) and business leaders. We do expect the task force to focus on publicly transparent triggers for the safe and gradual re-opening of businesses.
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