Opening the State of Texas

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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 recommended minimum standard health protocols outlined by DSHS and linked on this page.

Executive Order GA-32 also defines parameters to suspend reopening in areas with high hospitalizations. This includes a process for counties with minimal case counts to apply higher occupancy limits, even if they are located in an area with high hospitalizations. See the DSHS page on Executive Order GA-32.

The Governor's April 27 announcement of the first phase of the plan to Open Texas was accompanied by Texans Helping Texans: The Governor's Report to Open Texas. This detailed report, available on the Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas website, helps Texans understand Phase I by outlining the new protocols, guidance, and recommendations.

Also included in the Governor’s plan are statewide testing and contact tracing initiatives to identify and test Texans who contract COVID-19 and mitigate further spread of the virus.


Minimum Recommended Health Protocols (PDFs)

In accordance with Governor Abbott’s Executive Orders, the following are the minimum recommended health protocols for Texas. Review the categories to help you identify the most applicable protocol. If you cannot find a protocol specific to you, see the protocols listed in the All/General category.

All/General Celebrations & Worship Child Care/Youth General Business & Services Indoor Activities Outdoor Activities Personal Care Restaurants & Bars

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Celebrations & Worship

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Exemption Regarding Face Coverings

On July 2, 2020, Governor Abbott issued Executive Order GA-29 relating to the use of face coverings. Counties for which the county judge has affirmatively opted-out of this face-covering requirement shall file with the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) the required face-covering exemption form. See the TDEM website for additional information.

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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 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 Declaration issued in response to COVID‑19.

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This page is being updated as new information becomes available.

Last updated October 15, 2020