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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.

Stay-At-Home/Reopening


Note See the Disaster Declarations page of our Weather Emergencies guide for information about "shelter-in-place" or evacuation orders related to ongoing natural disasters in Texas.

Current "Stay-at-Home," or Reopening Orders

State Executive Orders

Reopening

Please read the orders for details. The charts below are provided for convenience only. There are additional requirements set out in the orders for each type of business and how they may reopen. These requirements could include social distancing or other parameters. Counties with high numbers of COVID-19 must open businesses at a different rate.

Effective Oct.14th (GA-32).

Occupancy Level Entity Type
100% Any services listed in CISA guidance, religious services, local government operations, child care services, youth camps, recreational sports programs for both youths and adults, public or private schools, public or private institutions of higher education, most outdoor areas of business establishments, most outdoor events.
100%, with appropriate social distancing measures Drive-in movies, concerts, or other events (where spectators generally remain in their vehicles); cosmetology salons, hair salons, barber shops, and nail salons/shops; massage establishments and other facilities where licensed massage therapists practice; tanning salons; tattoo studios; piercing studios; hair removal services; and hair loss treatment and growth services.

75%

(50% in areas of high hospitalization)

Business establishments not otherwise mentioned in the Executive Order; outdoor amusement parks; outdoor water parks; outdoor swimming pools; outdoor areas of museums and libraries; outdoor areas of zoos, aquariums, natural caverns, and similar facilities; dine-in restaurants (less than 51% of gross sales from alcoholic beverages, customers eat/drink while seated).
50% Indoor or outdoor sporting events (professional, collegiate, or similar) including rodeos and equestrian events.

50%, when county has opted in with TABC

Does not apply in areas of high hospitalization

Indoor areas of bars (customers must eat/drink only while seated); indoor areas of breweries, distilleries/rectifiers, or wineries (customers may stand to eat/drink, groups must be capped at 6 people, appropriate social distancing must be maintained between groups).
Prohibited Outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people (including rafting, tubing, and related services) unless there is approval by the mayor or county judge.

Effective Sept. 21st to Oct. 13th (GA-30).

Occupancy Level Entity Type
100% Any services listed in CISA guidance, houses of worship, local government operations, child care services, youth camps, recreational sports programs for both youths and adults, most outdoor areas of business establishments, most outdoor events.
100%, with 6 feet of social distancing Cosmetology salons, hair salons, barber shops, nail salons/shops, licensed massage therapy establishments, tanning salons, tattoo studios, piercing studios, hair removal services, and hair loss treatment and growth services.

75%

(50% in areas of high hospitalization)

Retail establishments; dine-in restaurants (less than 51% of gross sales from alcoholic beverages, customers eat/drink while seated); office buildings; manufacturers; museums and libraries; gyms, exercise facilities and classes.
50% Business establishments not otherwise mentioned in the Executive Order; outdoor sporting events (professional, collegiate, or similar); outdoor swimming pools; outdoor water parks; outdoor areas of museums or libraries; outdoor areas of zoos, aquariums, natural caverns, and similar facilities; outdoor rodeos and equestrian events; amusement parks.
Take-out only Bars (more than 51% of gross sales from alcoholic beverages).
Closed/Prohibited Rafting and tubing services, outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people (unless there is approval by the mayor or county judge).

Current Local "Stay at Home" or "Shelter in Place" Orders

Cities and counties in Texas can issue "shelter in place," "stay at home," or area quarantine orders. You should check your local news outlets to see if an order has been issued in your area.

Enforcement of "Stay at Home" or "Shelter in Place" Orders

State law gives the state government and local governments the authority to create penalties for violations of emergency management plans. You should check the details of the orders in your area to find the specific control measures in place and any potential consequences for violation of those measures.

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