April 27, 2020: Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas.
“Texans are battling a colossal challenge—an invisible enemy that has tested our lives and our livelihoods—but overcoming challenges is part of who we are as Texans.
We have shown that Texas can continue our efforts to contain COVID-19 while also adhering to safe standards that will allow us to begin the process of opening this great state.
The Strike Force to Open Texas brings together nationally recognized medical experts with public- and private-sector business leaders to help achieve this mission.
But it will take more than experts to win this battle for our families, for our community, and for this great state.
We are each called upon to be Texans: to act responsibly as we re-engage in the economy, to continue following all health precautions and sanitizing guidelines, and to care for our vulnerable neighbors. Lives depend on our actions. I know you will respond as Texans.
That is why we are first and foremost focusing on protecting the most vulnerable among us, on nursing home mitigation measures, on ramping up testing, and on scaling up contact tracing of the unseen enemy.
We will be measured and cautious. Only with your help and with all of these measures in place can we begin to open businesses with careful adherence to health protocols.
By coming together, we can prevent the spread of COVID-19 and we can get Texas back to work.
With Texans helping Texans, we can overcome any challenge.”
Governor Greg Abbott