By Madyson Sanchez
Senior News Reporter
SAN MARCOS, Texas – The Hays County Local Health Department reported no new lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases overnight and today, keeping the total number of cases in Hays County to 167. Of the positive cases, 100 are recovered and out of quarantine.
Eight tests are pending and awaiting results.
Friday marked the beginning of the first phase of Gov. Gregg Abbott’s new executive order in place to slowly reopen the Texas economy. Though businesses were allowed to open at 25% capacity yesterday, the majority of stores at the San Marcos Premium Outlets and Tanger outlets remained closed.
Customers were asked to keep their distance, wear masks and limit their shopping trips to groups of three at a time. Managers at open outlet stores said that they saw few customers on their first day back but felt safe and happy to be able to return to work.
“As a community, this is our opportunity to reopen our economy with everyone’s safety in mind,” Mayor Jane Hughson said in an April 29 statement. “We strongly recommend that residents and business owners incorporate masks or face coverings, practice safe distancing measures, initiate sanitation protocols, and continue responsible social practices so we can eventually open all businesses.”
The City of San Marcos announced in the statement that all closed City facilities, salons, spas, gyms, tattoo and piercing studios and interactive venues will remain closed and will open in coordination with more COVID-19 testing and Abbott’s decision to move forward with the second phase of his executive order.
If COVID-19 data shows a decline in virus transmission in Texas, Abbott may implement Phase Two as early as May 18 and businesses can open to 50% occupancy.