On June 25, Governor Greg Abbott announced there will be a temporary pause of additional reopening phases for the State of Texas.

Governor Abbott stated "The last thing we want to do as a state is go backwards and close down businesses. This temporary pause will help our state corral the spread until we can safely enter the next phase of opening our state for business."

Under Phase three of the Texas reopening guidelines, businesses are allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity. Under this new rule set by Governor Abbott, businesses are allowed to operate at this level.

In a press release, Ellis County Judge Todd Little stated, "We ask that all Ellis County citizens take this temporary pause on Phase 3 with the utmost regard. As we see case numbers increase, The Office of Emergency Management and local health professionals recommend the wearing of masks while in public places and large gatherings, physical distancing, and sanitization to help reduce the spread of COVID-19."

To read Governor Abbott’s statement on the current plan of reopening phases, visit the Governor’s official website here: https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-announces-temporary-pause-of-additional-r eopening-phases .