Governor Abbott Executive Order
Key points summarized below (Click here to read full order). Note that no business is required to open, each business can make their own decision. All newly opened businesses and services are subject to the recommended minimum standard health protocols outlined by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).
- May 1: Retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters, malls, museums and libraries allowed to operate at 25% capacity. Outdoor patios of restaurants only limited to groups under 6 and table separation of 6 feet.
- May 8: Cosmetology salons, barbershops, hair salons, nail salons and tanning salons. Appointments recommended, if walk-ins allowed, customers must be kept six feet of distance from each other.
- May 18: Gyms and exercise facilities may reopen at 25% capacity. Non-essential manufacturers with 25% occupancy and a staggered workflow. Offices up to greater of 5 or 25% of total workers. Businesses able to reopen immediately include child care facilities, massage parlors, and youth clubs and sports facilities.
- May 22: Bars, bowling alleys, bingo halls, zoos and aquariums may reopen at 25% capacity and restaurants at 50% occupancy.
- May 31: Professional sports, including baseball, tennis and basketball can reopen on May 31, but without in-person fans
Each business is unique and may need to get specific legal advice to limit potential liability from reopening offices and other workspaces. At the minimum, follow the protocols below:
- CDC Interim Guide for Businesses and Employer click here
- OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workspaces click here to download
- Families First COVID Relief Act provisions click here
- Texas Workforce Commission resources for employers click here
- 6 Feet Office Project has tips from Cushman Wakefield for distancing at the office click here
Return to Work Guides
This guide is provided by Cushman Wakefield. It covers detailed information on getting the workplace ready for reopening, and covers the topics below, click here to download the entire document.
- Preparing the building, workforce, and workplace
- Beyond day one: ongoing safety practices
This guide is provided by GAACC's PEO, Employer Flexible. It is provides comprehensive employee focused information related to the topics below, click here to download the entire document.
- Workplace safety - how to prepare health screening measures, building, exposure response plan, and more
- Recall procedures - phase in employees, selection criteria for high-risk staff
- Employee benefits - health insurance, mandated paid sick leave, compensation
- Remote work - continuing emergency measures, staggered shifts
- Communications - to employees and customers, about physical distancing, exposure responses
- New hire paperwork, policy changes, training