Opening the State of Texas

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Updated Health Recommendations

DSHS has revised the health recommendations for all vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, as well as those for child care centers and youth camps.

 

Governor Greg Abbott has issued several Executive Orders detailing the ongoing plan to open businesses and activities in Texas.


Health Recommendations (PDFs)

Vaccinated or not, wearing a mask in indoor public spaces, can help protect you and everyone close to you.


Executive Orders Related to Opening the State of Texas

See below for information on key Executive Orders issued by Governor Greg Abbott related to the plan to open additional businesses and activities in Texas. See also the Coronavirus Executive Orders and Waivers page on the Governor’s website.

  • On July 29, 2021, Gov. Abbott issued Executive Order GA-38, relating to COVID-19 vaccines, hospital capacity and reporting, occupancy limits, and mask guidelines.

  • On March 2, 2021, Gov. Abbott issued Executive Order GA-34, relating to opening Texas 100% and the removal of the statewide mask mandate.

  • On October 8, 2020, Gov. Abbott issued Executive Order GA-32, relating to the continued response to the COVID-19 disaster as Texas reopens.

  • On September 17, 2020, Gov. Abbott issued the following:
  • On July 2, 2020, Gov. Abbott issued an updated Executive Order GA-28 regarding additional measures to slow the spread of COVID-19.

  • On July 2, 2020, Gov. Abbott issued Executive Order GA-29, 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.

  • On June 26, 2020, Gov. Abbott issued Executive Order GA-28, limiting certain businesses and services as part of the state’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.

  • On June 23, 2020, Gov. Abbott issued an updated Executive Order GA-26 to expand the ability of mayors and county judges to impose restrictions on certain outdoor gatherings of over 100 people.

  • On June 3, 2020, Gov. Abbott issued Executive Order GA-26 to coincide with the third phase of the ongoing plan to expand openings of certain businesses and activities in Texas.

  • On May 26, 2020, Gov. Abbott issued an updated Executive Order GA-23 to announce additional services and activities that can open under phase II.

  • On May 18, 2020, Gov. Abbott issued Executive Order GA-23 to coincide with the second phase of the ongoing plan to expand openings of certain businesses and activities in Texas.

  • On May 5, 2020, Gov. Abbott issued Executive Order GA-21 to expand openings of certain businesses and activities in Texas.

  • On April 27, 2020, Gov. Abbott issued several Executive Orders to coincide with the first phase of the ongoing plan to open Texas while minimizing the spread of COVID-19:
  • On April 17, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott issued several Executive Orders to begin the process of re-opening the state of Texas:

Review the other recent Texas Executive Orders & Public Health Disaster Declarations issued in response to COVID‑19.

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This page is being updated as new information becomes available.

Last updated September 20, 2021