As Texas restaurants and stores were allowed to reopen at 25% capacity starting Friday, this past weekend RA News asked our Facebook readers whether they would be venturing out.
Our poll showed that 24 percent of respondents said they would be going out and that 76% were staying home.
The comments ranged from expressing concern to not wanting to live in fear.
“Heck yes! I can’t live my life in fear. Actually went out to dinner this evening. You should have seen it. It was awesome! People were eating, drinking and laughing. Laughing. Man it was good seeing people having fun ! Oh and the food was yum,” one commenter wrote.
Another comment stressed concern for it being soon.
“Staying home! There’s nothing at a store or restaurant that’s worth dying over. It will be interesting to see what the numbers look like in 3 weeks or so,” one comment said.
Some were heading out in Houston
“In Houston. Went out immediately for lunch, then supper. Was wonderful,” a commenter wrote.
Gerald Parker, director at Texas A&M’s Bush School’s biosecurity and pandemic public policy program and associate dean of Global One Health said in an interview with KBTX last week that he predicts it will take two years to find a vaccine for the coronavirus.
This weekend,Texans did not seem concerned.
Here is how the Lone Star State looked this past weekend.
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Restaurants in San Antonio were slowly re-opening over the weekend. We chose to dine at Whiskey Cake. It really felt good to actually sit down inside to enjoy a good meal with family. #dinner #saturday #weekend #family #life #food #foodie #whiskeycake #sanantonio #texas #pandemic
Good day today in San Antonio and the Riverwalk. Not a ton of ppl out. Some with masks. Some without. Some good restaurants opened up for dine in at limited capacity. We’ll get there!— JDO432 #B42Empire (@Jdo432) May 3, 2020
Where do you live? In my town, San Antonio, people are still cautious and practicing social distancing. Well, honestly, I only went to our Home Depot and local HEB this weekend— Isaac (@JavyJavy) May 3, 2020
Well, after this past weekend… Those numbers will be going up in South Tx. Tourists flocked to our small island because you decided to reopen our beaches with no restrictions. The picture does not even capture a fraction of the craziness #Galveston pic.twitter.com/1NnQBcPWNu— Kassie Franklin (@KasJoF) May 4, 2020
Galveston beach is open with helicopter rides pic.twitter.com/pkWQyMKznd— jammie david (@jammied40988176) May 3, 2020
Texas needs unified approach in coronavirus fight https://t.co/aPeaH0IC34— Dallas Morning News (@dallasnews) May 4, 2020
soon as tx opens up I’m going to either San Antonio or Dallas for a weekend getaway— ㅤK (@ForeverKiarra_) May 3, 2020
The first weekend of reopening Texas. This is what it looks like at commons ford ranch near Austin, TX— Calvin Peng (@Calvinp03) May 3, 2020
No social distancing. No masks. @statesman @AustinChronicle @TexasTribune @MayorAdler @GregAbbott_TX pic.twitter.com/s5AJAEcSfS
Friday was the first day that shopping malls, restaurants and movie theaters reopened in Texas after being closed to fight the spread of coronavirus.— Texas Tribune (@TexasTribune) May 4, 2020
At one Austin mall, some shoppers donned homemade masks while others called the virus a farce. https://t.co/1XQJHjjGO7