AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Texas Restaurant Association released a poll showing that eateries across the state are almost evenly split about whether they will reopen Friday.
The poll in question received 401 responses and asked people if they plan to open their restaurants on May 1. Of those who responded, 47.38% said they would not reopen. However, 43.39% said they would welcome back diners into their restaurants Friday, while 9.23% said they were unsure about doing so.
The Texas Restaurant Association shared these poll results shortly before holding a virtual conference call with reporters Thursday afternoon. Dr. Emily Williams Knight, the organization’s president and CEO, as well as Kelsey Erickson Streufert, the vice president of government affairs and advocacy, answered questions for more than 30 minutes.
The video conference covered topics such as safety, privacy concerns, occupancy confusion and the Texas Restaurant Promise.
In a press conference at the Texas Capitol on Monday afternoon, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Texas’ next steps for reopening business during the COVID-19 pandemic, this includes allowing restaurants to operate at 25% capacity.
Abbott announced that as part of “Phase 1” of the plan to reopen Texas businesses, retail stores, restaurants and movie theaters will be able to reopen on Friday, May 1.
The Governor’s stay-home executive order was already set to expire on April 30, and Abbott announced he will allow it to.
“I believe we can re-engage our economy while using the same strategies we’ve been using,” Abbott explained.
The second phase of the governor’s plan may allow restaurants to reopen at 50% capacity after May 18. The Texas Restaurant Association’s poll asked if restaurants planned to do that if they didn’t open on May 1. More than 47% said they would already be open by that point.