For a complete list of State of Texas guidelines for reopening, please visit: https://www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/opentexas.aspx

Please note: guidance is in flux. If you notice anything out of date on this website, please do not hesitate to email [email protected]. For a printable version of this page, click here.


Checklist as of 7/3/2020:

All individuals over the age of 10 must wear a face covering (over the nose and mouth) wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another individual not in the same household or, for those engaging in physical activities outdoors, wherever the individual is not able to maintain a safe physical distance from others not in the same household.

The following are the minimum recommended health protocols for all individuals in Texas. These minimum health protocols are not a limit on the health protocols that individuals may adopt. Individuals are encouraged to adopt additional protocols consistent with their specific needs and circumstances to help protect the health and safety of all Texans.

The virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to others by infected persons who have few or no symptoms. Even if an infected person is only mildly ill, the people they spread it to may become seriously ill or even die, especially if that person is 65 or older with pre-existing health conditions that place them at higher risk. Because of the hidden nature of this threat, everyone should rigorously follow the practices specified in these protocols, all of which facilitate a safe and measured reopening of Texas. The virus that causes COVID-19 is still circulating in our communities. We should continue to observe practices that protect everyone, including those who are most vulnerable.

Please note, public health guidance cannot anticipate every unique situation. Individuals should stay informed and take actions based on common sense and wise judgment that will protect health and support economic revitalization.

Health protocols for individuals:

  • Individuals may not be in a group larger than 10 individuals (including those within the individual’s household). Within these groups, individuals should, to the extent possible, minimize in-person contact with others not in the individual’s household. Minimizing in-person contact includes maintaining 6 feet of separation from individuals. When maintaining 6 feet of separation is not feasible, other methods should be utilized to slow the spread of COVID-19, such as washing or sanitizing hand frequently, and avoiding sharing utensils or other common objects.
    • In certain settings, such as restaurants and bars, minimizing in-person contact is more difficult, and wearing face coverings or masks is not feasible. For this reason, tables at restaurants and bars should not exceed 10 individuals.
    • In other settings, the group size may be larger than 10 individuals, based on the particular recommended minimum health protocols. In those settings, individuals should, to the extent possible, minimize in-person contact and use other methods to slow the spread of COVID-19.
  • Self-screen before going into a business for any of the following new or worsening signs or symptoms of possible COVID-19:
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Chills
    • Repeated shaking with chills
    • Muscle pain
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • Loss of taste or smell
    • Diarrhea
    • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
    • Known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19
  • Wash or disinfect hands upon entering a business and after any interaction with employees, other customers, or items in the business.
  • Individuals aged 65 or older are at a higher risk of COVID-19. To the extent possible, avoid being within 6 feet with individuals aged 65 and older. Individuals aged 65 and older should stay at home as much as possible.
  • Carry and use hand sanitizer regularly, especially before eating.
  • A group in this guidance is defined as: 10 or fewer persons including household members and including those who traveled together to the event or facility. Between groups or other persons outside of the group, 6 feet of distancing must be maintained.