Abbott announces salons open May 8, gyms May 18


TEXARKANA ⁠— Texas governor Greg Abbott announced Tuesday that salons are eligible to open May 8 and gyms and exercise facilities are eligible for reopen May 18.

The announcement came as the Texas governor provided another update on the state’s response to COVID-19 and the next phase of reopenings.

Abbott said that hair salons, nail salons, tanning salons, and barber shops will be allowed to reopen with restrictions, such as one customer per stylist, appropriate social distancing, a recommendation of masks for stylists and customers, and using a reservation system to avoid grouping of walk-ins in waiting areas.

Gyms and exercise facilities will be able to open on May 18, but at 25% capacity. The first phase of restrictions will be that locker rooms and showers are closed, customers wear gloves, and disinfecting all equipment after each use. Distancing will be required, and any equipment brought in must be disinfected before and after use.

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Another reopening scheduled for May 18 includes non-essential manufacturing and other offices. Such businesses will be limited to five employees or 25% of the workforce provided social distancing can be maintained.

Abbott and state officials are working on guidelines for bars, and the governor asked that owners reach out to his office to provide feedback.

Currently, there are no capacity limitations for restaurants with outdoor seating, though appropriate spacing is required.

In Bowie County, there were a total of 105 positive COVID-19 cases as of May 6 with 68 recoveries and 10 related deaths. Nearby Cass County has a total of 19 with 13 recovered. Here is a breakdown of the Bowie County cases:

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in Bowie County (as of 5/6/20)
Total Cases in Bowie County 105
Ages (Bowie County Cases)
0-19 3
20-29 15
30-39 20
40-49 23
50-59 16
60-69 16
70-79 12
80+ 0
Gender (Bowie County Cases)
Male  50
Female  55


All businesses in Bowie County are still invited to submit a survey to gauge economic impact, and positive and negative impacts are encouraged to be reported. The deadline is May 12, and the survey can be found by clicking here. For more information, call 903-255-5560 or visit