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Photos show Texas reopening as coronavirus cases rise

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  • Since May 1, Texas has been relaxing its stay-at-home orders, allowing restaurants, shopping malls, movie theaters, and stores to open at 25% capacity. Starting on May 18, offices and gyms can do the same.
  • But over the weekend, Texas reported 1,801 new coronavirus cases – its highest single-day increase since the pandemic began. Death rates have also increased, with at least 147 people dying in a span of three days last week.
  • The majority of the new cases were linked to a meatpacking facility near the Amarillo area, in the Panhandle.
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On May 1, Texas joined a growing number of states that have reopened their economies amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over the past two weeks, restaurants, shopping malls, beauty parlors, movie theaters, and stores have been able to open at a limited capacity. Starting on May 18, offices and gyms can do the same.

But over the weekend, Texas saw its highest recorded single-day increase in cases, leaving many to wonder if easing up on the lockdown came too soon. According to the Texas Tribune, the state has fallen behind on its testing goals, did not meet all of the benchmarks for reopening set by the White House, and has seen a steady rise in new cases since the start of the month.

These photos show what it looks like in Texas as people navigate newly opened businesses and an increase in new cases.

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