Opening the State of Texas

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Updated Guidance for Fully Vaccinated People

DSHS is currently reviewing and updating the information on this website based on CDC's new guidance on the use of masks and social distancing for fully vaccinated people.

 

Governor Greg Abbott has issued several Executive Orders detailing the ongoing plan to open businesses and activities in Texas. All newly opened businesses and services are subject to the health recommendations outlined by DSHS and linked on this page.

On March 2, 2021, Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-34 to provide that, in all counties not in an area with high hospitalizations:

  1. there are no COVID-19-related operating limits for any business or other establishment; and
  2. individuals are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings over the nose and mouth wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household, but no person may be required by any jurisdiction to wear or to mandate the wearing of a face covering.

GA-34 is effective March 10, 2021, at 12:01am and supersedes GA-17, GA-25, GA-29, GA-31, and GA-32.

Executive Order GA-34 also provides authority for county judges to institute mitigation strategies in areas with high hospitalizations. See the DSHS page on Executive Order GA-34.


Health Recommendations (PDFs)

Note: DSHS is currently reviewing and updating the information on this website based on CDC's new guidance on the use of masks and social distancing for fully vaccinated people.


Executive Orders Related to Opening the State of Texas

See below for information on key Executive Orders issued by Governor Greg Abbott related to the plan to open additional businesses and activities in Texas. See also the Coronavirus Executive Orders and Waivers page on the Governor’s website.

  • On March 2, 2021, Gov. Abbott issued Executive Order GA-34, relating to opening Texas 100% and the removal of the statewide mask mandate.

  • On October 8, 2020, Gov. Abbott issued Executive Order GA-32, relating to the continued response to the COVID-19 disaster as Texas reopens. For more information, see the DSHS page on Executive Order GA-32 page and the recommended minimum standard health protocols outlined by DSHS.

  • On September 17, 2020, Gov. Abbott issued the following:
  • On July 2, 2020, Gov. Abbott issued an updated Executive Order GA-28 regarding additional measures to slow the spread of COVID-19.

  • On July 2, 2020, Gov. Abbott issued Executive Order GA-29, requiring all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions.

  • On June 26, 2020, Gov. Abbott issued Executive Order GA-28, limiting certain businesses and services as part of the state’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.

  • On June 23, 2020, Gov. Abbott issued an updated Executive Order GA-26 to expand the ability of mayors and county judges to impose restrictions on certain outdoor gatherings of over 100 people.

  • On June 3, 2020, Gov. Abbott issued Executive Order GA-26 to coincide with the third phase of the ongoing plan to expand openings of certain businesses and activities in Texas.

  • On May 26, 2020, Gov. Abbott issued an updated Executive Order GA-23 to announce additional services and activities that can open under phase II.

  • On May 18, 2020, Gov. Abbott issued Executive Order GA-23 to coincide with the second phase of the ongoing plan to expand openings of certain businesses and activities in Texas.

  • On May 5, 2020, Gov. Abbott issued Executive Order GA-21 to expand openings of certain businesses and activities in Texas.

  • On April 27, 2020, Gov. Abbott issued several Executive Orders to coincide with the first phase of the ongoing plan to open Texas while minimizing the spread of COVID-19:
  • On April 17, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott issued several Executive Orders to begin the process of re-opening the state of Texas:

Review the other recent Texas Executive Orders & Public Health Disaster Declarations issued in response to COVID‑19.

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This page is being updated as new information becomes available.

Last updated May 14, 2021