Friday in Austin Governor Abbott set out his plans to get Texas back to work and daily activity. Abbott created a statewide “Strike Force” consisting of state leaders, retailers and physicians to guide the route going forward.

The Governor stated as all schools will remain closed for the remainder of the academic year, he has decided to re-open all state parks Monday April 20. He also said state park employees will be required to wear face masks and enforce social distancing on all state park property.

More from Governor Abbott's Friday press conference:


"Texans are battling a colossal challenge—an invisible enemy that has tested our lives and our livelihoods—but overcoming challenges is part of who we are as Texans," said Governor Abbott. "We have shown that Texas can continue our efforts to contain COVID-19 while also adopting safe standards that will allow us to begin the process of reopening Texas. The Strike Force to Open Texas brings together nationally recognized medical experts with public and private sector leaders to achieve this mission. By coming together, we can get Texans back to work, practice safe standards that will prevent the spread of COVID-19, and we can overcome this pandemic."

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