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Gov. Greg Abbott says Texas bars may reopen on Friday

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Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Monday that bars across Texas may reopen on Friday — if they follow social distancing guidelines and other coronavirus precautions.

Bars may reopen at 25% capacity. Restaurants will be able to increase capacity from 25% to 50%, Abbott said during a news conference Monday afternoon.

"As we open up, we must continue to place health and safety first and foremost," Abbott said.

Abbott said parts of the state, however, may not be ready to reopen as quickly as others.

For example, an outbreak at meatpacking plants near Amarillo and hospital capacity problems in El Paso pose potential problems. Abbott said they would have delayed reopening dates.

"Texans have always faced adversity and Texans have always prevailed," Abbott said.

Abbott also announced other changes, including the reopening of businesses located in office buildings and the reopening of daycare facilities.

View the document detailing the businesses that can reopen starting Monday, May 18, here.

For a full list of business guidelines and reopenings, visit: https://gov.texas.gov/opentexas

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