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Governor Abbott has issued executive orders to begin reopening Texas under certain parameters after having been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Details of the orders and his press releases can be found at https://gov.texas.gov/. An overview of information contained in the latest executive orders is provided below.  


  • June 26, 2020 Local Face Covering Order

    Order Applies to Businesses and Nonprofits Working Directly with the Public

    DENTON, TX, June 26, 2020
     – To prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the Denton City Council has adopted an Order of Council requiring all commercial and nonprofit entities in the city of Denton that provide goods or services directly to the public to develop and implement a Health and Safety Policy within five (5) calendar days of the Effective Date of the Order.


    The Health and Safety Policy (the “Policy”) required by this Order:

    • Must require that all employees or visitors to the commercial or nonprofit entity’s business premises or other facilities wear face coverings that cover the nose and mouth when in an area or while performing an activity that will necessarily involve close contact or proximity to coworkers or the public.
    • May allow individuals with an operational need to remove a face covering so long as such operational needs are specifically addressed in the Policy.
    • May also include the implementation of other mitigating measures designed to control or reduce the transmission of COVID-19, such as temperature checks and health screenings.
    • Must be posted conspicuously at or near all entrances of any commercial or nonprofit entity in the city of Denton in clear view of any employees or members of the public entering the business.

    The requirement of a face covering in a business does not apply if covering the nose and mouth poses a significant mental or physical health risk to the individual. It also does not apply when an individual is consuming a food or beverage or receiving a service where the wearing of a face covering would impair the performance of the service.

    The new order will take effect beginning at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, June 26 and continue through 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, August 4 or until otherwise acted upon by the Council. Required health and safety policies must be implemented by applicable commercial entities and nonprofits by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

    Additionally, under the Order of Council:

    • For public areas where a health and safety policy is not required, all people 10 years or older are strongly urged to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth where it is difficult to keep six feet away from other people or working in areas that involve proximity with coworkers.
    • Outdoor gatherings in excess of 100 people are prohibited unless specifically permitted by Gubernatorial Executive Order GA-28, signed by Governor Abbott on June 26, 2020.

    Beginning on Thursday, July 2, residents may report concerns regarding potential violations of this order through the Engage Denton mobile application, online at www.engagedenton.com, or by calling and leaving a message at (940) 349-8228. When concerns are received, the City will assign staff to visit with businesses and focus on educating and communicating the requirements of the Order and other potential health and safety measures that could be implemented.

    A copy of the Order of Council is available online at www.cityofdenton.com and is also available here. Visit www.cityofdenton.com/coronavirus for additional updates.

    Contact: Ryan Adams, (940) 349-8565, Ryan.Adams@cityofdenton.com

  • Resources & FAQs for Local Face Covering Order

Governor Abbott Establishes Statewide Face Covering Requirement, Issues Proclamation To Limit Gatherings

  • July 2, 2020 Statewide Face Covering Requirement Press Release

    July 2, 2020 | Austin, Texas | Press Release

    Governor Greg Abbott today issued an Executive Order 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. The Governor also issued a proclamation giving mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of over 10 people, and making it mandatory that, with certain exceptions, people cannot be in groups larger than ten and must maintain six feet of social distancing from others. 

    "Wearing a face covering in public is proven to be one of the most effective ways we have to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Abbott. “We have the ability to keep businesses open and move our economy forward so that Texans can continue to earn a paycheck, but it requires each of us to do our part to protect one another—and that means wearing a face covering in public spaces. Likewise, large gatherings are a clear contributor to the rise in COVID-19 cases. Restricting the size of groups gatherings will strengthen Texas’ ability to corral this virus and keep Texans safe. We all have a responsibility to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our communities safe. If Texans commit to wearing face coverings in public spaces and follow the best health and safety practices, we can both slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep Texas open for business. I urge all Texans to wear a face covering in public, not just for their own health, but for the health of their families, friends, and for all our fellow Texans.”

    Additionally, the Governor released a new video message to coincide with his Executive Order, encouraging Texans to do their part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and keep their communities safe. The video can be downloaded at this link and can also be viewed on YouTube.

    View the Governor's Executive Order.

    View the Governor's Proclamation.

Update: June 26, 2020

Governor Greg Abbott today issued an executive order limiting certain businesses and services as part of the state’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. 

The order includes the following:

  • All bars and similar establishments that receive more than 51% of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages are required to close at 12:00 p.m. on June 26. These businesses may remain open for delivery and take-out, including for alcoholic beverages, as authorized by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. 
  • Restaurants may remain open for dine-in service, but at a capacity not to exceed 50% of total listed indoor occupancy, beginning Monday, June 29, 2020.
  • Rafting and tubing businesses must close.
  • Outdoor gatherings of 100 or more people must be approved by local governments, with certain exceptions.

Open Texas Checklists

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) has recommended minimum standard health protocols for all individuals, all employers and employees, as well as industry-specific. These protocols are outlined in the Open Texas Checklists found at https://open.texas.gov/.

Additional information for businesses