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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.  


The Denton City Council recently voted to extend the Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency first executed on March 13. The Council also adopted a new Tenth Order of Council that supersedes all previous orders related to the pandemic. Both the declaration and the order will remain in effect until Thursday, Dec. 31.
Though not addressed in the Council’s new order, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has a number of statewide orders in place that also provide guidance and mandates for the Denton community.

What You Need to Know:

  • In accordance with Governor Abbott’s order, GA-29, everyone should take caution when in public by practicing social distancing and staying at least six feet apart from those outside your household.
  • GA-30 requires limited occupancy for certain businesses, and outdoor gatherings are currently limited to no more than 10 people. Occupancy limits vary depending on business type. Visit open.texas.gov for details.
  • GA-29 also states that all persons age 10 years and older must wear face coverings when in public where social distancing is not possible. See the order and exemptions at open.texas.gov.
  • All commercial and nonprofit entities in the city of Denton are required to develop and maintain a health and safety policy that incorporates the face covering and social distancing requirements ordered by the state. Safety policies must be posted in clear view of employees and members of the public.
  • On Oct. 7, Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order to open bars and similar establishments at up to 50% capacity in conjunction with county officials. In hospital regions with low COVID-19 hospitalizations, County Judges will be able to opt their county into opening bars beginning October 14th, provided they assist in enforcing health protocols. The Governor's Executive Order also increases the occupancy levels for all business establishments other than bars to 75%.
  • Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas (checklists and resources)

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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