Starting May 1, Williamson County businesses began following Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s executive orders issued April 27, 2020, to reopen businesses safely and strategically in phases while minimizing the spread of COVID-19. His detailed plan is outlined in Texans Helping Texans: The Governor's Report to Open Texas. For a copy of the report, click here. On May 5, Governor Abbott issued a new executive order to expand the openings of certain businesses and activities. Starting May 18, personal service businesses, child care services, exercise facilities, non-essential manufacturing, and other offices can open under specific conditions. On Friday, May 22, more businesses began operating including bowling alleys, bars, breweries, wine tasting rooms, aquariums, and natural caverns, to name a few. On May 26, Governor Abbott announced additional services that can open under Phase II such as water parks, recreational sports programs for adults, driver education programs, and food court dining areas within shopping malls. To read what can open Friday, May 29, click here.