Austin Mayor Adler responds to Gov. Abbott’s plan to reopen Texas

AUSTIN, Texas – Austin Mayor Steve Adler joined FOX 7 Austin’s Casey Claiborne on Good Day Austin to discuss how the city has been responding to the coronavirus COVID-19 and also share his thoughts about Governor Greg Abbott’s plan to reopen businesses in Texas.

On April 17, Texas Governor Greg Abbott released his plan to get Texas businesses back open and Mayor Adler says it’s not that different than what’s already happening in the city of Austin.

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“The kinds of things that the governor talked about were things that were not inconsistent with what we’ve been doing here initially,” Adler says.

Among them, Adler mentions the reopening of state parks today (4/20) with the requirements including that visitors must wear face masks and that they must also maintain social distance of six feet with people not within their family group. Adler says those rules are already in place for parks in Austin.

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Adler also noted Abbott’s ideas of loosening medical procedures restrictions and of reopening some retail businesses. He says both of those things have been discussed and are being looked at to implement in Austin.

The mayor did say that he is hoping the governor will provide more details about testing and contract tracing as well as more details on how to protect the people most susceptible to COVID-19. He says that dealing with those issues will be vital in order to be able to start changing behaviors and getting back to a sense of normal life before the coronavirus.

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Adler noted that he agreed that the pace of reopening must be done at a slow pace because as he says “this community has worked way too hard for way too long” but that there is still work to do. He says there will need to be some measures that have been decided in advance so that if they’re met that we pull back to where we are now.

He reminded people to continue to follow social distancing guidelines and to remember to wear a face mask when out in public and around others.

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