Bars and bowling allies among expanded openings in Texas

Waving to those cheering her on, Britney Carrasco holds her diploma in her other hand as her vehicle drives past the crowd at Ratliff Stadium in Odessa, Texas, Thursday, May 21, 2020. Coronavirus concerns caused a traditional graduation to not be possible, but students were still able to celebrate their big day with a drive-thru ceremony where their teachers and family came out to support and celebrate their accomplishment. (Ben Powell/Odessa American via AP)

By JIM VERTUNO

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas bars, bowling alleys, skating rinks and even some strip clubs are set to reopen with restrictions over the Memorial Day weekend as the state continues to gradually restart one of the world’s largest economies amid the coronavirus pandemic. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott earlier this week ordered further easing of some state rules that had shuttered many venues for more than a month. On Friday, the Texas Workforce Commission reported the state reached 12.8 percent unemployment in April, the highest monthly level since the state began recording the figures in January 1976.