On Monday, Gov. Greg Abbott signed an executive order reopening businesses across Texas, after many were forced to close amid COVID-19.
Before the order, only essential businesses could stay open and restaurants were limited to delivery, takeout and drive-thru services. With Abbott's order, retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters, malls, libraries and museums can open at a 25% occupancy limit starting Friday.
Below is a list of some of the businesses reopening and some that are not. Business reopenings are subject to change.
Cindy Salter, Salter Bros. Coffee Roasters co-owner and managing partner, said its coffeehouse will reopen Friday.
She said with the 25% occupancy limit, they’ll be able to allow about 10 or 11 people inside and the limit is all good for them.
“We’re gonna be pretty happy with it,” she said. “We have already planned to have the chairs and seating separated enough so that they’ll be the required social distancing.”
The Tipsy Oak will reopen as well Friday, and will have live music both Friday and Saturday, general manager Patrick McGlone said.
He said it’s usual for the restaurant to have live music on the weekends and this time the music will serve as a welcome bash for the restaurant.
Below is a list of some Arlington restaurants reopening on Friday with their 25% occupancy limit.
B.J.’s Restaurant and Brewhouse- 75 people
Burger Extreme- About 20 people
Cafe Acapulco- Will seat people at every other booth.
Cartel Taco Bar- 24 people
Danny’s Big Burgers- 25 people
Hurtado Barbecue Co.- 18 people
IHOP near Interstate 20 - About 50 people
J. Gilligan’s Bar and Grill- 40 people
Lupe's Tex-Mex Grill- 65 people
The Original Chop House Burgers- 10 people
Old School Pizza Tavern- Still working on the limit.
Rockfish Seafood Grill- About 16 to 20 people
Salsa Joe’s Tex-Mex Smokehouse- Still working on the limit.
Salter Bros. Coffee Roasters- About 10 or 11 people.
Smoke’N Ash BBQ- 10 people
The Tipsy Oak- Still working on the limit.
The Parks Mall at Arlington
The Parks Mall reopened Tuesday. The mall will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Valet services, play areas, stroller rentals and mall operated carousels will be unavailable, according to the mall website.
There’s a few extra steps the mall is offering patrons, including face coverings from security officers, additional hand sanitizers, touch free entry and curbside pickup is still available.
All Texas Movie Tavern locations will remain closed, said Mari Randa, Marcus Theaters marketing, communication and studio relations director, in an email.
Studio Movie Grill made a similar statement on their Facebook page Tuesday, saying it will remain closed as well.
The company said it believed Abbott’s message was a good sign that the U.S. is overcoming the pandemic, but it’s not ready to reopen at this time.
Movie studios such as Disney and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. have shifted movie release dates amid COVID-19 as well.
Disney’s Mulan was scheduled to hit theaters on March 27 but now sits with a July 24 release date. The same thing happened with Warner Bros. Wonder Woman 1984, it originally had a June 5 release date, and now the new date is August 14.
The Arlington Museum of Art will not reopen Friday. The museum had already been scheduled to be closed as it prepares for its summer exhibition, museum marketing coordinator Lily Williams said in an email.
The museum hasn’t released an official date yet for when the summer exhibition begins, but they expect it to be sometime in June, she said.
Fielder House Museum will remain closed as well.
The Arlington Public Library
Arlington Public Library locations will remain closed to the public, according to a library news release Friday. However, virtual, telephone and curbside services will continue.
Curbside pickup began on April 20, and starting Saturday the service will expand to include Saturdays. The new service schedule is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday at each location.