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Texas office spaces set to reopen as part of Phase Two

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Posted at 5:46 PM, May 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-17 18:46:34-04

WACO, Texas — Several Central Texans will return to work Monday as part of Phase Two of the Reopen Texas plan.

Under the Governor's orders, office space can reopen to workers at limited capacity.

Offices can be filled to 25 percent capacity or five people, whichever number is larger.

But, while several businesses will be able to bring employees back to work, the CDC has given several recommendations to keep them safe in their offices.

  • Maintain social distancing.
  • Limit in-person meetings in conference rooms.
  • If in-person meetings are necessary, make them as short as possible.
  • Use videoconferencing, if possible.
  • Wipe down high-contact surfaces like keyboards, phones and door handles.
  • Do not use another employee's work space.
  • Wash your hands.
  • Check the CDC web site for updated guidelines.

The Waco-McLennan County Health District says employees should take personal responsibility for their health as the county rebounds.

"Part of that role is educating yourself and then taking that education and making informed choices about how to protect yourself and your families health and the community as a whole," said Health District Director Dr. Brenda Gray.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott is expected to unveil the state's plans for Phase Three of the Reopen Texas plan during a press conference Monday morning.

According to Abbott, the state's plan to reopen will largely be dependent on how statewide COVID-19 statistics are affected by previous phases.

"The only way that we will be able to continue to open up is if people follow the best safety practices to prevent the spread of the coronavirus," Abbott said.