Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said on Monday that he will allow the state's stay-home order to expire this week as Texas and other states are working to reopen after weeks of lockdown orders.
Mississippi, Tennessee, and Colorado let some businesses reopen on Monday, while Georgia, Oklahoma, Alaska, and South Carolina allowed some business to open with social distancing measures in place.
Abbott will allow retail stores, restaurants, malls, movie theaters, museums, and libraries to reopen on Friday at 25% capacity. The stay-at-home order is set to expire on Thursday.
"The executive order has done its job," he said. "Now it is time to start a new course."
Health officials have cautioned that reopening too soon could cause a spike in cases and that states should not reopen if they cannot keep cases below daily thresholds.
While Texas has relatively low rates of COVID-19, it also is among the states with the lowest testing rates, leading experts to say there is no way to know how widespread the virus is in the state.