State of Texas & Governor Abbott Updates

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IMPORTANT UPDATE from the State of Texas & Governor Abbott:

Governor Abbott released a video and a new Executive Order at 2:30 pm on July 2nd. This was his 29th Order and went into effect on July 3, 2020 at 12:01 pm. This mandates face coverings (mouth and nose) in a public space, inside commercial entities, or other building or space open to the public or in an outdoor public space where it is not feasible to maintain at least 6 feet of social distancing from those not inside the same household. 

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FULL ORDER.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE VIDEO ON THE GOVERNOR’S FACEBOOK PAGE.

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In a Press Release on June 26th, Governor Abbott issued his 28th Executive Order. 

  • 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 PM today. 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.

To view the full Executive order from June 26 CLICK HERE.

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Governor Abbott Released an Executive Order on June 25th relating to the need for increased hospital capacity during the COVID-19 disaster.  CLICK HERE TO VIEW THAT EXECUTIVE ORDER. 

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Governor Abbott Released an Executive Order on June 3rd at 4 pm expanding the opening of Texas. The view Governor Abbott’s 26th Executive Order please click here.

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Governor Abbott Released his 25th Executive Order for the COVID-19 disaster on May 22nd, at 3 pm. This order was relating to the in-person visitation at county and municipal jails during the COVID-19 disaster. Click here to view the full Executive Order.  

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Governor Abbott spoke again around 2 pm on May 18th, updating the businesses allowed to open and shared the State’s outlook for the next two weeks. You can read more on those businesses and see their checklists at the State’s Open Texas website. We know that with all of the state heading there, the website might crash so HERE is a screengrab* of the updates. *To click links and view the checklists you need to visit the Open Texas Website from the hyperlink above.

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Governor Greg Abbott held a Press Conference on May 5, 2020 to update the public on the statewide response to COVID-19 and is expected to soon discuss Phase 2 of the Open Texas plan which is expected to address the expansion of Phase 1 and to allow the opening of bars, salons and tattoo and massage parlors. To read his full order click here.  

For an updated checklist based on business type visit Governor Abbott’s Strike Force to Open Texas website and see the updated requirements.

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Gov Abbott held a press conference on April 27th to discuss further steps and progress updates on reopening Texas. He covered testing results and numbers, instructions and advice for medical and nursing homes, the state’s strategy so far and moving forward and the next phases to open the State of Texas. You can read more in the Open Texas Report PDF from the Governor’s Office by clicking here

CLICK HERE TO VIEW GOVERNOR ABBOTT’S APRIL 27 EXECUTIVE ORDER - Relating to the expanded reopening of services as part of the safe, strategic plan to Open Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster

CLICK HERE TO VIEW GOVERNOR ABBOTT’S APRIL 27 EXECUTIVE ORDER - Relating to hospital capacity during the COVID-19 disaster

CLICK HERE TO VIEW GOVERNOR ABBOTT’S APRIL 27 EXECUTIVE ORDER - Relating to expanding travel without restrictions as part of the safe, strategic plan to Open Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster

The State of Texas has compiled a Texas COVID-19 website to help make navigating their information easier. Click here to head over to the Texas Coronavirus (COVID-19) website. The interactive webmap for testing that the state put together is located at: COVIDTest.TDEM.Texas.Gov

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Gov Abbott held a press conference on April 21st to discuss more on the state’s response to COVID-19. He mentions the Public/Drive-Thru Testing GIS maps to where people can find testing in their area. But the suggestions to check out the following page first on tops to consider before picking a testing location and on how to get your COVID-19 test results. Governor Abbott also discussed deploying of more than 1,200 personal to increase testing by over 3,500 more (on top of existing testing sites) across the state. You can read more on that here. 

Here is the FREE Texas (state-wide) website to help connect employers and employees in the state of Texas. Employers can post job opening and find candidates, as well as employees searching for jobs, based on topic and region.

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Gov. Abbott held a press conference on April 17th to discuss his Strike Force to Open Texas, while remaining safe and strategic. He also signed an Executive order to reopen the state. View his executive order, guidance for employers, employees and customers as well as more information on his Strike Force to Open Texas below. 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW GOVERNOR ABBOTT’S APRIL 17 EXECUTIVE ORDER TO REOPEN TEXAS

CLICK HERE TO VIEW  THE DSHS GUIDANCE FOR EMPLOYERS, EMPLOYEES, AND CUSTOMERS

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE WEBSITE AND LEARN MORE ABOUT THE STRIKE FORCE TO OPEN TEXAS.

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Gov. Abbott announced on April 7th the closure of all Texas State Parks beginning at 5 pm on April 7th. In order to maintain the safest environment for visitors, volunteers and staff. The Texas State Park system hosted nearly 740,000 day and overnight visitors throughout the month of March.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE NEWS RELEASE FROM TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE

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Governor Abbott’s Statewide Essential Service and Activity COVID-19 Order defined out what businesses are considered essential and stressed the importance of social distancing. He also extended the temporary closure if schools until May 4th, 2020.  It also expanded his previous order to close tattoo studios, piercing studios and and cosmetology salons. This order also prohibited vising in nursing homes, state supported living centers, assisted living facilities, or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance. He also extended the previous order through April 30th.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE EXECUTIVE ORDER FROM MARCH 31

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Governor Abbott’s Emergency Health Order (March 19th) requires schools, bars, clubs and gyms to close and for restaurants to offer only "to go" service effective 11:59 p.m. March 20 until 11:59 p.m. April 3, subject of extension based on the status of COVID-19 in Texas and recommendations of the CDC.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW EXECUTIVE ORDER