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Isolated storms may develop in the afternoon hours
Another hot day with our area split from a stalled front. West of the front 90s and 100s, east of the front about 10 degrees cooler. With this front some isolated storms may develop in the afternoon hours and continue this evening. Low tonight 63 and partly cloudy. Slight chance for more storms tomorrow with highs in the 80s with a breeze from the southeast 10-18mph.
Texas has ended the freeze on eviction proceedings and debt collections amid soaring unemployment
Eviction hearings can now be held as early as today. Constables and deputies can post warnings and landlords can seize homes a week later. This court's ruling does not apply to renters in homes covered by the Cares Act. There's hope that as more people get back to work, they'll be able to pay their rent.
Starting Friday, bars can open at 25% capacity
That does not include staff. It's the same for wineries, breweries, bowling allies, bingo halls, and skating rinks. Some of the minimum requirements - everyone has to stay seated, parties must be six feet apart, dancing must be discouraged and all utensils and menus must be single-use. One of the ways to enforce all this, the actual "bar" Must be blocked off and everyone must order from a table. State guidelines also recommend all patrons wear masks. The TABC can suspend licenses for any establishment that's proven to be a danger.
Personal care businesses can reopen today
Those include massage parlors, tattoo and piercing studios. Each operating station must be six feet apart, and there's a specific list of EPA disinfectants that must be used in all shops. All services should be done by appointment. Walk-in clients should be encouraged to wait outside in their cars. A business can refuse service to anyone they believe is sick. Everyone should wear facial coverings at all times. If any employee comes up testing positive, the business must report to the health authority and notify all other employees and clients no less than 24 hours after learning about the test result.
Child care services other than youth camps can open today
This includes at-home providers and youth development organizations. It's open to any worker, as well, not just those deemed essential. The state also encourages classes to include the same group every day, including the same teacher with no special events.
Rodeos, drive-in concerts and amateur sporting events can start Friday
Spectators are allowed, up to 25% capacity, with at least two seats or six feet between them and alternating rows. If there's any food or drink served, it must all be single serving. The Texas Rangers' stadium is slated to host its first drive-in concert series next month.
Youth and summer camps can open and youth sports programs can start practices May 31st
The games will be delayed until the middle of June. When practices start, only one parent per child can be there. The state discourages any mingling of teams, players, parents, or staff. Each league should have at least one person designated to oversee compliance.
At the end of the month, pro sports can resume, with no spectators
This applies to basketball, football, car racing, baseball, golf, softball and tennis. These leagues will have to apply for state approval. The league has to submit a plan that incorporates the state's requirements and a safe plan to conduct any events.
Starting June first, public school districts can allow students back onto campus for classroom teaching, including summer school, special ed, and tutoring. New guidelines from the TEA indicate in-person instruction for the summer must be voluntary. The TEA mandates no rooms may have more than eleven people in them and if that's not possible, each group must be 30 feet apart. The schools must keep gyms and weight rooms closed, and choir, wind instruments, and indoor sports are blocked for the summer. Private schools, colleges and universities can reopen their campuses that day and the governor's directed them to establish similar standards to get people back onto campus.
The El Paso and Amarillo areas must delay reopenings
The governor classified those as outbreak zones. Amarillo is facing a surge in cases at its meat packing facilities, so Potter, Randall, Moore, and El Paso counties have to wait a week. The governor says that will give surge response teams the time they need to slow the spread of the virus and get those areas back into safe capacity. We have a link where you can see them all in detail here.
The City of Lubbock confirmed five new cases of the coronavirus
That brings the total to 624 since mid-March. 183 are active. Two more cases were confirmed to be due to contact with someone who's previously tested positive. The city hasn't reported a new nursing home case since the 13th. The virus is blamed for 50 deaths. The city reports 18 more people have recovered from the virus. That brings the total number of known recoveries from confirmed cases to 391. We have links to a more detailed breakdown on testing and infection stats here.
President Trump revealed he's taking the medication hydroxychloroquine
For months, the president promoted the drug as a possible cure to the coronavirus. At least one study shows the drug is not effective against COVID-19, and there may be some serious health risks associated with it, including heart failure. Medical experts have said hydroxychloroquine should only be administered in a hospital or research setting due to potentially deadly side effects. President Trump said he started taking the drug about a week and a half ago, after asking the White House doctor, but stopped short of saying the doctor recommended he take the drug. That doctor, navy commander Sean Conley issued a statement saying he discussed the pros and cons of the drug with the president and that Trump decided the benefits outweigh the risks.
Look Around Lubbock: Ginter Eyecare Center
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. Today, we get a look at what business is like for the clinic and the adjustments they've made to stay clean and healthy for the sake of employees and clients during the pandemic. They have new safety measures in place with more patience from patients, and people aren't dragging their entire family to the appointment anymore.
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