Austin — Governor Greg Abbott will release details Friday on his plan to re-open the Texas economy after being crippled by the coronavirus outbreak.
Abbott’s office confirmed the announcement Wednesday, but did not immediately share any additional details about the timing. However, we do expect Gov. Abbott to appoint a strike force to look at what businesses can come back online, when and how.
“This is not going to be a ‘rush the gates, everybody is able to suddenly reopen all at once,'” Abbott said in a news conference on Monday. “We have to understand that we must reopen in a way in which we are able to stimulate the economy while at the very same time ensuring that we contain the spread of COVID-19.”
“We’re going to be introducing Texas to this comprehensive team that we have put together, that will very comprehensively, carefully, strategically evaluate what must be done for Texas to open back up,” he explained Monday, “ensuring that what we’re doing is consistent with data with medical analysis, as well as strategies about which type of businesses will be able to open up.”
Abbott has already waived dozens of regulations in response to the pandemic, issued a handful of executive orders and shut schools down until at least May 4. Gov. Abbott has also hinted that a plan for schools should come alongside his plan for reopening the economy.
On Monday, Abbott said the state had paid out more than 1 million unemployment claims, amounting to “well over $400 million.”