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(Last Updated On: May 5, 2020)

Last week, Abbott rolled out the first phase of the state’s reopening plan, allowing some businesses — like retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters and malls — to reopen with limited occupancy.

The governor said then that more openings — including looser restrictions for businesses like barbershops, hair salons, bars and gyms — could go into effect as early as May 18.

As the governor weighs options, he has zeroed in on two figures to help him make decisions: the state’s infection and hospitalization rates.

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