A note to our readers as Houston reopens

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Be safe and be well as you consider whether to visit reopening establishments across the city of Houston.

As we enter the sweltering heat of summer, Houstonians are faced with an uncertain time as it relates to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and health officials have recently extended the Stay Home, Work Safe order through Wednesday, June 10, 2020, which encourages businesses to allow employees to continue working from home and urges residents to hold off on heading out unless necessary and in accordance with public health precautions.

In the meantime, the State of Texas and CDC have implemented guidelines to allow a phased reopening of business and public spaces throughout the state, including Harris County. As these places begin to reopen, it’s important that our readers and all Houstonians carefully consider the risks and safety involved with visiting public spaces.

Public health experts continue to urge wearing face masks in public, practicing social distancing of at least six feet from others, wearing gloves or frequently using hand sanitizer or soap and water, limiting your touching of surfaces, and avoiding crowded spaces.

If you feel sick or belong to a vulnerable population, you should remain home. Remember that the practice of wearing face masks and practicing public health precautions is not only to protect yourself, but also your fellow Houstonians from contracting a highly contagious disease that can result in serious illness or death.

Even as establishments reopen, it’s also important to remember the pandemic is still ongoing and there is still no vaccine. There is an inherent risk of contracting the Coronavirus by visiting public spaces. Before heading out anywhere, take the time to examine your destination’s specific guidelines for health and safety to help inform whether you feel comfortable and safe in visiting these places.

Be safe and be well, Houston.