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COVID-19 & Texas Law

This guide is updated to reflect information pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic. Information in this guide is subject to change at any time.

Consumer Issues


Note See the Consumer Protection page of our Weather Emergencies guide for information related to ongoing natural disasters in Texas.

Mask Policies at Stores or Businesses

Policies for Customers

In an article published June 17th, the Texas Tribune quotes Governor Abbott as saying, “Businesses … they’ve always had the opportunity and the ability, just like they can require people to wear shoes and shirts, these businesses can require people to wear face masks if they come into their businesses.”

Policies for Employees

According to the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (see FAQ G.2) an employer can require employees to wear protective gear (such as face coverings or gloves). Employees may make a request for a reasonable accommodation under the ADA or a religious accommodation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (such as a modified mask that can be worn with a religious head covering). Employers should provide the modification or an alternative modification unless it would create an “undue hardship” for the employer.

Price Gouging & Limits on Purchases

Price Gouging

Note Some counties are including price fixing and price gouging provisions in their local emergency orders. Read your county's local emergency order for details.

Limits on Purchases

We have been unable to locate a Texas or Federal law that would prevent a business from placing limits on how much of a product an individual can purchase. Generally, businesses may set their own policies.

Scams & Deceptive Advertising

Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act

Avoiding Scams and Deception

Debt Collection

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