Abbott said a statewide strike force was formed to allow the economy to begin reopening in phases starting Friday, April 27.
"Even more openings will be announced in May when it is determined that the infection rate continues to decline and when testing capabilities are sufficient to test and contain" outbreaks of the virus," Abbott said.
The governor also announced that schools will remain closed for the rest of the school year. That entails public schools, private schools and universities.
The number of coronavirus cases in Texas has climbed to at least 17,371, including 428 deaths, according to the latest numbers from the Texas Department of State Health Services. Out of Texas' 254 counties, 192 are reporting cases.