The mayor of Colleyville, Texas, has issued a proclamation allowing residents to attend churches and other places of worship on Tuesday if social distancing rules are followed.
Mayor Richard Newton is allowing elective surgeries and gatherings of groups of 10 or less, even if the group isn’t family.
Starting Friday, residents can eat at restaurants with tables spaced apart and visit salons, gyms and massage therapists for one-on-one appointments.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott formed a coronavirus strike team to make recommendations about how to reopen the state safety. Newton's order was issued before Abbott announced his strategy forward. Abbott is expected to determine if businesses will open statewide on April 27.
Asked about the mayor’s proclamation at a news conference Tuesday, Abbott said that he had read the proclamation and that "it seemed like he was writing his policies in a way that tried to parallel or be in agreement with what was in my executive order.”
Elsewhere, Dallas County commissioners approved an extension of the county's stay-at-home orders until May 15 but at the news conference, Abbott said that his order to reopen businesses would have authority over certain policies issued by local governments.