The following joint statement was released by Governor Abbott, Lt. Governor Patrick and presumptive Speaker Phelan on December 21, 2020; however, specifics are still pending.
“In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, health and safety protocols have been put in place to allow for the Capitol’s reopening while maintaining a safe environment for all visitors, lawmakers, and staff. Preparations to safely conduct business in the Texas House and Senate are ongoing, and each chamber will vote upon their respective rules and protocols at the start of the legislative session.”
The Texas House has released guidelines for the opening day of session. Click here for a copy.
All individuals are encouraged to self-screen for symptoms of COVID-19, and there may be additional symptomatic screenings upon entry; members-elect, guests, media, and staff attending the opening day ceremony and seated on the House floor or in the gallery will be asked to take a COVID-19 test; face coverings will be required for all Members-elect, guests, media, and staff entering the House floor or gallery; and access to the House floor will be restricted to Members-elect, temporary officers, essential staff, ceremony participants, and approved guests.
As more details are released, they will be posted here, so check back often.