Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced the state will begin to reopen Friday, but a Texas judge hopes residents will not take him up on it.
"Just because something can be open doesn't mean it should be open," Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins told CNN's Erin Burnett on "Burnett Outfront."
"And just because something is open doesn't mean you should go there."
Abbott issued an executive order Monday allowing businesses like retail stores, malls, restaurants and theaters to reopen Friday with occupancy limited to 25%. The order supersedes local orders.
"Now it's time to set a new course, a course that responsibly opens up business in Texas," Abbott said. "We will open in a way that uses safe standards -- safe standards for businesses, for their employees as well as for their customers. Standards based upon data and on doctors."
But Jenkins said the best way to open the state's economy was to keep residents safe -- and that the order went against safest practices advised by scientist and experts.
"What we know is that when you look at other science-based plans, movie theaters are not one of the first things that open," Jenkins said. "And so, I think it's going to be incumbent on the residents here to use good, smart decision-making."
Though Jenkins and local politicians cannot override Abbott's order, the judge said he will look for ways to institute rules to keep residents and employees safe within the reopening.
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