The COVID-19 pandemic became widespread in March of 2020 and disrupted almost all aspects of everyday life, including work, school, healthcare, housing, court access, and more. During this time, various federal, state, and local governments issued new laws in an attempt to address the pandemic's effects.
In this guide you will find information about many of the ways that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the legal aspects of Texans' everyday lives.
The following is a list of new COVID-19 laws passed during the 88th Texas Legislative Regular Session.
At this time, both the federal and state COVID-19 disaster declarations have expired.
The federal COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) Declaration ended on May 11th, 2023. This mostly affects the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)'s ability to track certain types of public health data. A COVID-19 PHE declaration had been in place since January 31st, 2020.
The last Texas COVID-19 disaster declaration was renewed by Governor Greg Abbott on May 15th, 2023. It was not renewed after the 30-day deadline passed on June 15th, 2023.