What You Need To Know: Texas Phase 1 Reopening May 1st

On April 27th, Governor Abbott announced plans for Phase 1 repening of the state starting May 1st.  Here are the details: 

Malls, restaurants, movie theaters, libraries, and museums can reopen, but only at 25% capacity. All interactive displays and exhibits must be closed.  People are still to maintain social distancing. 

Restaurant Requirements: 

  • Restaurants must seat groups six feet apart
  • Restaurants must have a hand-sanitizing station available for customers at entryways
  • Tables can only sit groups of six people or less
  • Restaurants will have to implement disposable menus
  • Condiments will be provided on a request basis
  • Plates and serving ware will be placed on tables after patrons are seated
  • Buffets can be offered, but staffers must serve customers
  • Contactless payments, such as credit cards, debit cards, Apple Pay, etc., are recommended over cash
  • Valet services are also banned unless it’s for vehicles with disabled placard

Gyms, bars, beauty salons, massage therapists are still closed. 

The state is also increasing testing and contact tracing during the 2 week Phase I period.

Face masks are recommended but not required for Phase 1 reopening. This supersedes Austin and Travis County’s face mask requirement. 

Bee Well urges you to use caution when venturing out. Kids love surfaces.They will touch the walls, counters, and even the floors.  Until we learn more about how reopening affects the number of new coronavirus cases, we recommend to stay home except for essential services and needs. 

Not all movie theaters are ready to open safely. These include the Alamo Drafthouse, the Violet Crown Cinema, and Austin Film Society Theater. Alamo Drafthouse released the following statement on their Facebook page: “Opening safely is a very complex project that involves countless new procedures and equipment, all of which require extensive training.  This is something we cannot and will not do casually or quickly.” 

Many restaurants are also not ready or willing to reopen at 25% capacity.  They have found ways to provide food to customers with no contact delivery or curbside pickup. Opening up to only 25% of their customer base is not financially viable for them. Continue to support your favorite local restaurants by ordering for no contact pick up or delivery.  They want to keep serving you! 

Face masks!  We strongly recommend that you and any child over the age of 2 years wear them while in public to protect your families and other vulnerable members of our community. 

If the first 2 weeks of phase 1 does not lead to an increase in numbers of coronavirus cases in the state, then Phase 2 will begin May 18th.  Phase 2 is similar to Phase 1, but businesses are allowed to open at 50% capacity.

Bee Well will continue it’s current Covid-19 Response:

  • We are currently only seeing well visits under the age of 2 years. 
  • All sick visits are being seen by virtual visits.
  • Our staff is wearing PPE
  • We require patients older than 2 years and parents to wear a mask while in the office. 

Starting June 1st, we will start seeing well visits of all ages and sports physicals.  If your child is due for either one, please call our office to schedule. Sick visits will continue to be seen by virtual visits through the end of June.

Be safe. Be healthy. Bee well!