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Temperatures expected to be in the lower 80s today
After a chilly morning temperatures will warm nicely this afternoon in the lower 80s. Sunny with a light southeast wind. Wind speeds pick up overnight 12-22mph with milder morning temperatures in the upper 50s and low 60s. Cloud cover will also increase to start the morning, then breaking apart through the afternoon. It will be a hot one with highs back in the 90s. A strong cold front moves through late Thursday - early Friday and will drop highs to the 60s and 70s Friday with a strong northerly wind in the morning hours.
Governor Abbott is expanding his executive order to reopen the economy
It includes dates allowing certain businesses to get back to work and in-person graduation ceremonies. Barber shops, hair salons, nail stylists, and tanning salons can open Friday. Only one customer per stylist, and the stations have to be six feet apart from each other. The state is *not* ordering you to wear a mask. There's no penalty if you don't. Gyms can open on May 18th, up to 25% capacity, or at a six -foot distance if you're outside. The governor's task force is still working on guidance for bars. It's accepting ideas from owners of all kinds of establishments. A "bar" Is any establishment that makes more than 51% of its income from alcohol sales. Governor Abbott also clarified some portions of his order. He notes funeral and wedding services at churches are allowed under the "houses of worship" rules. He urges people over the age of 65 to watch services remotely, saying 75% of COVID-19 deaths in Texas were patients in high risk populations. Wedding receptions will follow the rules for restaurants. Beaches, lakes, and rivers are to be treated as parks. Find details on the order here.
The governor also allowing schools to hold in-person graduation ceremonies
The TEA is allowing "hybrid" ceremonies, where students go in, get photos and videos shot, and those are streamed online. The state is also permitting drive-up ceremonies and outdoor graduation ceremonies. Lubbock ISD will host its outdoor ceremonies for graduating students beginning June 4. All graduation ceremonies will be at Plains Capital Park. Frenship ISD could be taking the same approach for its graduation seniors. Plans are not finalized, but Frenship High School is working to hold its graduation ceremony June 5 at its football stadium. Each senior will be issued four tickets for guests The graduation will be live-streamed for those who cannot attend. Lubbock Cooper ISD will hold outdoor ceremonies at Pirate Stadium. New Hope Academy will have its ceremony there June 4. Lubbock Cooper High School will be the following day. Details on other ceremonies here.
In order to prepare for inevitable flare ups of cases around the state, Governor Abbott has created "surge teams"
They'll target distribution of personal protection equipment, provide more health care capacity, and work with local governments to contain the surge in cases.
Officials say Texas has passed the 2 million mark in unemployment claims filed since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Meanwhile, the number of new confirmed infections in Texas on Monday dipped below 1,000 for the first time in nearly a week. Texas began to reopen its economy on Friday by allowing restaurants, malls, retailers and movie theaters to reopen at 25% capacity in the state's most populous areas.
The City of Lubbock reported another death from the coronavirus
That brings the total to 46. Staffers also confirmed seven new cases of the virus. There have been a total of 567 cases in Lubbock County. For the first time since the virus broke out in our area, the city reports more recoveries than active infections. Out of the more than 8,700 tests performed so far, 714 of them have returned positive. That's an infection rate of 8.1 % percent. City leaders insist it's testing at twice the standard rate as the rest of Texas. We have links to more data, Including age, ethnicity, gender, and hospital capacity here.
New Mexico is preparing to reopen its economy
Starting today, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham mandated businesses must require employees to wear facial coverings. All "big box retailers" and restaurant workers must wear at least cloth face coverings at work or when around other people. That goes into effect for all other "essential" businesses Monday. Governor Lujan Grisham says this is ahead of a possible "phase one" reopening in the middle of the month. New Mexico's stay-at-home order is in effect until the 15th.
Agricultural businesses are now eligible for the small business administration's economic injury disaster loan and advance programs
Congress authorized the funds through the paycheck protection program and healthcare enhancement act. The legislation provides additional funding for farmers and ranchers along with other agricultural businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic.The SBA will accept new applications on a limited basis only.A agricultural businesses that submitted a loan application through the application portal prior to the legislative change will not have to re-apply.
Look Around Lubbock: Chamber of Commerce Keeping Businesses and Customers Connected Webinar Series #4
Meredith Aldis features our local businesses and an in-depth look at how their servicing the community while upholding the federal, state, and local orders during the coronavirus pandemic. Pecan Ridge, Play Street Museum, and Tierras Planas Roasters will share tips and tricks for businesses to stay engaged with customers during this time.
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