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During a press conference Monday, Gov. Abbott announced that he will not be extending his existing stay home order that was issued in March. The order will expire on April 30.

Starting May 1, all retail stores, movie theaters, malls can reopen with 25 percent capacity. Counties with five or less COVID-19 cases can reopen stores and malls at 50 percent capacity, Abbott said. Read more here.

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Phase one of the re-opening of Texas businesses is scheduled to begin May 1, and Gov. Abbott said if the virus remains contained, phase two could begin by May 18.

Gov. Abbott said phase two will allow even more businesses to reopen and expand the capabilities of phase one businesses.

Before phase two begins, Gov. Abbott said there must be two weeks of data showing that the virus is continuing to be contained.

Gov. Abbott said phase one emphasizes the protection of vulnerable populations and aims to allow them to stay at home.

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