As Governor Abbott issues orders to reopen Texas businesses during this health crisis, the latest information will be posted on the webpage for the Governor's Strike Force to Open Texas. This website includes information for businesses as well as consumers who patronize the newly reopened industries.
Texts of the Governor's Executive Orders can be found on the Legislative Reference Library's website.
State and Local COVID-19 Related Orders
Executive Order GA-29, (issued 7/2/20 and reaffirmed in GA-33 issued 10/7/20) states: "Every person in Texas shall wear a face covering over the nose and mouth when inside a commercial entity or other building or space open to the public, or when in an outdoor public space, wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household." Limited exceptions apply. Violations may result in a fine up to $250.
It should be noted that Executive Order GA-29 does not supersede or remove prior mandates that generally provide that anyone providing essential services must follow local orders and/or CDC Guidelines by practicing good hygiene, environmental cleanliness, and sanitation, implementing social distancing, and working from home if possible.
Select Local Government Orders
Federal Government Resources
U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
OSHA Guidance and Enforcement Resources
Federal Department of Labor Resources
Click HERE for the Texas Mutual's Caronavirus Resource website.
Also, courtesy of the International Risk Management Institute, below are links to some articles on insurance coverage issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
There is an urgent need for personal protection equipment, in particular N95 face masks, paper face masks and face shields, and disposable gloves. The Texas College of Emergency Physicians and the Texas Medical Association have organized the following donation spots across the state. Search your inventory and deliver anything you can spare to one of the locations across the state. It is critical that we support our health workers during this crisis.
The Texas Medical Association maintains a website with details for PPE Donation Sites around the state. The website may be found HERE.