Abbott also put border security and restoring funding to the Legislative branch — which he vetoed last month — on the special session agenda.
The change, which comes as the seven-day average of new coronavirus deaths remains above 200, will go into effect March 10.
Hegar called Cornyn and conceded within minutes of the race being called, according to both campaigns. Cornyn gave a victory speech shortly after 9 PM.
Restaurants, retail stores and office buildings will now be able to operate at 75% capacity, Abbott said. Three regions — the Rio Grande Valley, Laredo and...
The early voting period for the Nov. 3 election will start Oct. 13 instead of Oct. 19.
The order comes as coronavirus cases continue to surge in the state.
The moves, announced Friday morning, represent Abbott's most dramatic action yet in response a surge in cases after he allowed businesses to reopen in the state.
The governor also moved for the first time to allow the tightening of two kinds of restrictions that had been eased under his reopening plan.
The governor announced his third phase Wednesday of reopening the state’s businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.
Child care opens immediately, bars can open Friday and sports will be allowed to return at the end of the month, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced...
The governor had initially eyed May 18 as the next date to announce further business reopenings, but he faced growing pressure in recent days from some...
The businesses must limit occupancy to no more than 25%.