Office Of The Governor, Nolan Ryan Release New COVID-19 PSA: “Don’t Be A Knucklehead”

The Office of the Governor and Baseball Hall-Of-Famer, Nolan Ryan today released a new public service announcement (PSA) entitled, “Don’t Be A Knucklehead.” In the PSA, Ryan encourages all Texans to follow effective health and safety protocols like washing their hands, social distancing, and wearing a mask. 



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Governor Abbott Announces Phase III To Open Texas

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott today announced the third phase of the State of Texas’ plan to safely open the economy while containing the spread of COVID-19. Under Phase III, effective immediately, all businesses in Texas will be able to operate at up to 50% capacity, with very limited exceptions. Business that previously have been able to operate at 100% capacity may continue to do so, and most outdoor areas are not subject to capacity limits. All businesses and customers should continue to follow minimum standard health protocols laid out by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

As with previous phases, the Phase III plan is based on the advice and support of the four doctors on the Strike Force to Open Texas medical team. Via Executive Order, Phase III begins immediately. A breakdown of Phase III can be found below. 

“The people of Texas continue to prove that we can safely and responsibly open our state for business while containing COVID-19 and keeping our state safe,” said Governor Abbott. “As anticipated, the new positive cases that we are seeing are largely the result of isolated hot spots in nursing homes, jails, and meat packing plants. Thanks to the effectiveness of our Surge Response Teams, we have the ability to contain those hot spots while opening up Texas for business. As we begin Phase III, I ask all Texans and Texas businesses to continue following the standard health protocols and to heed the guidance of our state and federal officials who continue to closely monitor COVID-19. If we remain vigilant, we will continue to mitigate the spread of this virus, protect public health, and get more Texans back to work and their daily activities.”

Between May 26th and June 2nd, over 45% of new cases came from jails or prisons, meat packing plants and nursing homes. There are currently 1,487 Texans hospitalized due to COVID-19. There are 20,679 active cases in the state and 45,858 Texans are estimated to have recovered.

Effective June 3:

All businesses currently operating at 25% capacity can expand their occupancy to 50% with certain exceptions. 

Bars and similar establishments may increase their capacity to 50% as long as patrons are seated.

Amusement parks and carnivals in counties with less than 1,000 confirmed positive cases may open at 50% capacity. 

Restaurants may expand their maximum table size from 6 to 10 persons.  

Effective June 12:

Restaurants may expand their occupancy levels to 75%. 

Counties with 10 or less active COVID-19 cases may expand their occupancy limits to 75%. Counties that fit this category but have not previously filed an attestation with DSHS will need to do so.

Effective June 19:

Amusement parks and carnivals in counties with more than 1,000 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 may open at 50% capacity.

Additional Openings:

Special provisions have been made for outdoor gatherings, such as Fourth of July celebrations, but it is imperative that local officials and public health officials collaborate on safe standards. These provisions are included in the Governor’s Executive Order and are also available on the Open Texas webpage

Further Protocols:

All businesses should continue to follow the minimum standard health protocols from DSHS. For details and a full list of guidelines, openings, and relevant dates, visit http://open.texas.gov.

Reminders for those going out:

  • Individuals are encouraged to wear appropriate face coverings.
  • People should not be in groups greater than ten when possible.
  • People over the age of 65 are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible.
  • People are still asked to avoid nursing homes, state supported living centers, assisted living facilities, or long-term care facilities.

View the Governor’s Executive Order.


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Governor Abbott Announces Additional Services And Activities That Can Open Under Phase II

Governor Greg Abbott today issued a proclamation expanding additional services and activities that can open under Phase II of the state’s plan to safely and strategically open. With this proclamation, water parks, recreational sport programs for adults, driver education programs, and food-court dining areas within shopping malls can begin operations with limited occupancy or regulations to protect the health and safety of Texans.

Beginning Friday, May 29th, water parks can open but must limit their occupancy to 25% of normal operating limits. Components of these water parks that have video arcades must remain closed. Starting Sunday, May 31st, recreational sports programs for adults can resume, but games and similar competitions may not begin until June 15th. Driver education programs can resume operations immediately. 

Food-court dining areas within shopping malls can also immediately resume operations, but malls are encouraged to designate one or more individuals who are responsible for ensuring health and safety practices are followed, including: limiting tables to six individuals; maintaining a six-feet distance between individuals sitting at different tables; cleaning and disinfecting tables between uses; and ensuring no condiments or other items are left on tables between customer uses. 

Minimum standard health protocols outlined by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) are recommended and located on the Open Texas webpage.

View the Governor’s proclamation.


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Governor Abbott’s Re-Opening Checklists

Under the direction of Governor Abbott, with the advice of the Lt. Governor, Speaker of the House, Attorney General, and Texas Comptroller:

The Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas will safely and strategically restart and revitalize all aspects of the Lone Star State—work, school, entertainment, and culture.


Open Texas Checklists – Revised May 5, 2020, Now in Effect

Open Texas Checklists – Effective May 8, 2020

Open Texas Checklists – Effective May 18, 2020

The Governor’s Report to Open Texas

“As we open Texas, we are each called upon to be Texans: to act responsibly as we re-engage in the economy, to continue following all health precautions and sanitizing guidelines, and to care for our vulnerable neighbors. Lives depend on our actions. I know you will respond as Texans.” – Governor Greg Abbott

View the April 27, 2020 Report

NOTE: The checklists in this report are no longer current. See the NEW checklists above.

Governor Abbott Expands Business Openings In Texas, Announces Surge Response Teams To Combat COVID-19

Governor Abbott Expands Business Openings In Texas, Announces Surge Response Teams To Combat COVID-19

Issues Guidance For Class of 2020 Graduation Ceremonies 

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott today held a press conference where announced that he will be issuing an Executive Order to expand openings of certain businesses and activities. The Governor also announced new guidance from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) on graduation ceremonies and the creation of Surge Response Teams to combat any COVID-19 flare ups in Texas. 

“Texas is in a position to continue opening parts of our economy because of the efforts and determination of the people of Texas,” said Governor Abbott. “Over the past month, Texans have worked together to contain the spread of COVID-19 by following social distancing practices and staying at home whenever possible. As we move forward, I urge all Texans to continue following these social distancing guidelines and the health standards we have provided. With every Texan doing their part, we will contain COVID-19, we will unleash our entrepreneurs, and we will make it through this challenge together.”

The Governor was joined for the press conference by Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Commissioner John Hellerstedt, MD, Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) Chief Nim Kidd, Texas Health and Human Services (HHSC) Acting Executive Commissioner Phil Wilson, TEA Commissioner Mike Morath, and Adjutant General of Texas Maj. Gen. Tracey Norris.

Per the Governor’s announcement, wedding venues and services required to conduct weddings may immediately open. Weddings held indoors other than at a church, congregation, or house of worship must limit occupancy to 25%. Wedding reception services may also resume, but facilities must limit their occupancy to 25% of the total listed occupancy. These occupancy limits do not apply to the outdoor areas of a wedding reception or to outdoor wedding receptions.

Beginning May 8, cosmetology salons, hair salons, barber shops, nail salons and shops, and other establishments where licensed cosmetologists or barbers practice their trade, may open, but all such salons, shops, and establishments must ensure at least six feet of social distancing between operating work stations. Tanning salons may also reopen under the same limitation. Also starting May 8, swimming pools may open subject to certain limitations, including on their occupancy or operating levels.

Beginning May 18, office buildings may open with the greater of five or less individuals or 25% of the total office workforce. These individuals must maintain appropriate social distancing. Gyms, exercise facilities, and exercise classes may also open on May 18, but must operate at 25% occupancy. Locker rooms and shower facilities will remain closed, but restrooms may open. Non-essential manufacturing services may also open on May 18 but facilities must limit their occupancy to 25%.

These newly opened services are subject to recommended minimum standard health protocols outlined by DSHS. These protocols will be available on the Open Texas webpage

During the press conference, Chief Kidd and Commissioner Wilson provided details on the newly formed Surge Response Teams. These teams are led by TDEM and HHSC and include representatives from the the Texas Military Department, DSHS, the Texas Emergency Medical Task Force, and BCFS Health and Human Services. Surge Response Teams will serve nursing homes, prisons, packing pants, and other facilities that experience flare ups of COVID-19 by providing personal protective equipment, testing supplies, onsite staffing, and assessment assistance. These teams will also work with local officials to establish health and social distancing standards to contain these flare ups. Several Surge Response Teams have already been deployed to locations across the state. Chief Kidd and Commissioner Wilson’s presentation is available here

TEA Commissioner Morath also provided new guidance on class of 2020 graduation ceremonies for Texas school districts. The TEA is providing four different pathways for schools to celebrate their graduating seniors, and each district is at liberty to determine if any of these options best serve the needs and desires of their community:

  • Completely virtual ceremonies that take place entirely online, with the use of videoconference or other technologies.
  • Hybrid ceremonies, which consist of a compilation of videos of students being recognized in person as they celebrate graduation in small groups.
  • Vehicle ceremonies, in which students and their families wait in their cars while other graduates are recognized one at time with their families alongside them.
  • Outdoor in-person ceremonies, which are currently permitted for counties as follows: 
    • Between May 15 and May 31, an outdoor ceremony may take place in a rural county that has an attestation as described in the Governor’s Report to Open Texas that remains in effect 7 days prior to the ceremony. 
    • An outdoor ceremony may take place in any Texas county on or after June 1. 

Full details of the TEA’s graduation ceremony guidance can be found on the TEA website



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Executive Order GA-21

Some highlights to note about GA-21:

  • Texans, except where necessary to provide or obtain an essential service or a reopened service, should continue to minimize social gatherings and in-person contact with those who are not in the same household.
  • People over the age of 65 are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible.  Individuals are encouraged to avoid contact with those 65 and older.
  • Those who do leave the home, whether young or old, should implement social distancing and good hygiene
  • Essential Services include those listed under CISA guidance as well as churches, congregations and places of worship
  • Reopened Services consist of the following:
    • In-store retail at 25% occupancy (25% does not include employees)
    • Dine-in at restaurants at 25% occupancy (no occupancy limit on outside seating; 25% does not include employees)
    • Movie theaters at 25% occupancy (25% does not include employees)
    • Shopping malls at 25% occupancy (food court, play areas, and interactive displays must remain closed) (25% does not include employees)
    • Museums and libraries at occupancy of 25% (25% does not include employees)
    • Golf course operations
    • Local government operations
    • Services provided by one individual in an office setting (note this will be expanded on Monday, May 18th)
    • Wedding venues and services required to conduct weddings, subject to either the guidelines on churches (if held in a church) or at 25% of indoor occupancy (if held indoors at a non-church).  Note, it is strongly encouraged to hold weddings outside
    • Wedding receptions, subject to the guidelines on restaurants (if held at a restaurant) or subject to 25% of indoor capacity (if held indoors).  Again, strongly encouraged to hold outside.

 Starting on Friday, May 8, 2020 the following will be opened:

  • Cosmetology salons, hair salons, barbershops, and nail salons may open but should follow guidelines set forth in Open Texas
  • Tanning Salons may open but should follow guidelines set forth in Open Texas
  • Swimming pools may operate if outdoor or indoor but must follow occupancy levels set forth

 Starting on Monday, May  18, 2020, the following will be opened:

  • Services provided in an office may operate with the greater of five individuals or 25% of the total office workforce
  • Non-essential manufacturing [services] at 25% occupancy
  • Gyms and exercise facilities and classes, whether indoor, outdoor, individual, or group, at a 25% occupancy

As previously was the case in GA-18, counties with five or fewer active case counts can file proper attestation forms with DSHS to allow for occupancy limits of 50% for those facilities otherwise limited to 25% occupancy. 


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Supplemental Order on Reopened Services and Food Processing Plants

On Monday, May 4, 2020 Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins released a supplemental order regarding the reopening of services and food processing plants. Included in the order is the following:

“Reopened Services must comply Minimum Standard Health Protocols, in The Governor’s Report to Open Texas, issued April 27, 2020. For clarity, to the extent the Governor’s Minimum Standard Health Protocols are recommendations, the Health Protocols are adopted as mandatory rules in Dallas County.”




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OPEN TEXAS Fast Facts

Today is the first day of Open Texas. It is still advisable to stay home, when possible.

These graphics provide Fast Facts for the reopening of businesses including the 25% occupancy rules from the Office of the Governor Greg Abbott.

Thank you for doing your part to slow the spread.


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Cosmetology Salons, Nail Salons, Estheticians, Mini-Salons, Barber Shops and Massage Therapy Establishments Remain Closed

Under Executive Order GA-18 issued by Gov. Greg Abbott on April 27, all cosmetology salons (including nail salons, estheticians, and mini-salons), barber shops, and massage establishments shall continue to remain closed. Executive Order GA-18 overrides all local and county orders.

Whether a salon or shop is a sole proprietorship or not, they are to remain closed until Executive Order GA-18 is amended or rescinded.

Thank you for continuing to do your part to keep Texas safe by remaining closed. To read more about the Governor’s plan to reopen Texas, please go to The Governor’s Report to Open Texas.


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The Governor’s Report to Open Texas

On Monday, April 27, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott released The Governor’s Report to Open Texas. This document outlines the state’s measured and cautious plans for both identifying those made ill by COVID-19 and tracing those they came into contact with as well as reopening businesses in Texas that had previously fallen outside the designation of Essential.

The entirety of the plan includes minimum standard protocols for restaurants, movie theaters, museums, libraries, and more.

Updated April 28, 2020 to include Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s Report to Open Texas.

Executive Order No. GA-18 – Expanded Reopening of Services is related to the expanded reopening of services as part of a safe, strategic plan to Open Texas in Response to COVID-19.

Executive Order No. GA-19 – Hospital Capacity relating to hospital capacity during the COVID-19 disaster.

Executive Order No. GA-20 relating to expanding travel without restrictions as part of the safe, strategic plan to Open Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster.


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