Mayors representing the seven largest cities in West Texas signed a letter this week to Gov. Greg Abbott, outlining their plan for each locality to reopen West Texas for business.

In the letter, the mayors say their cities have different needs and different approaches to addressing the crisis, and they point to certain principles they all agree with, including that all business is critical.

“Every business that is operating at low or mitigating risk should be operating,” it reads.

The letter goes on to say the mayors realize one of the most important components to slowing the spread of COVID-19 is “physical distancing,” which is a measure they want to implement when reopening—though each city should be able to determine specifics.

“Where Texans can be safely working, we want them to work,” the letter states. “Every business that can mitigate risk should be allowed to operate as a low-risk business.”

Gov. Abbott has announced a press conference scheduled for Monday, April 27, where he is expected to announce plans for some phase of reopening the economy. In addition, Abbott will be participating in a live broadcast Friday evening at 6:30, where he will answer questions about the upcoming plans.

Matt Stringer

Matthew Stringer is from Odessa, TX and serves as a West Texas Correspondent for Texas Scorecard.

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