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COVID-19 Recession in Texas

With little certainty and a lot of hope, Texas restaurants and retailers navigate new rules as they prepare to reopen

After weeks of limited business operations, the first wave of the Texas economy will reopen on Friday. The service and entertainment industries are preparing for new rules even as they face an uncertain future.

Cleburne Cafeteria owner George Mickelis outside his restaurant on April 28, 2020. The restaurant has been open for carry out, but is preparing to open with limited seating on May 1 following Gov. Greg Abbott's decision to allow reopening of some businesses.
Workers serve food to a customer getting food to go at the Cleburne Cafeteria in Houston on Tuesday, April 28, 2020. The restaurant has been open for carry out, but is preparing to open with limited seating on May 1, after Gov. Greg Abbott's decision to allow reopening of some businesses.
Social distancing signs mark tables as the Cleburne Cafeteria prepares to reopen for business.

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