Contact Us For A Consultation

Complete the form below to request a consultation.

Reopening Texas: Governor Abbott’s May 5 Executive Order and Your Business

May 6th, 2020 by David Minces

Yesterday, Governor Abbott unveiled plans for reopening additional Texas businesses at limited capacity. The reopening parameters depend on the type of business you have. Below, are the highlights for each business by type.

Offices

  • Single-person offices may operate now
  • Offices with more than one person may reopen on May 18 and allow the greater of 5 individuals or 25% of the employer’s total workforce to work onsite
  • Minimum recommended health protocols must be followed, these include:
    • Training on appropriate cleaning, disinfection, hand hygiene, and respiratory etiquette
    • Self-screening for symptoms of COVID-19 before coming into the office
    • Not allowing employees with new or worsening COVID-19 symptoms to come into the office until: at least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared, and at least 3 days have passed since recovery (no fever), and other symptoms have improved
    • Not allowing employees who have had known close contact to a person confirmed to have COVID-19 to return to the office until the end of a 14-day self-quarantine from the last date of exposure
    • Washing or sanitizing hands upon entry to the office
    • Maintain social distancing (6 feet from others)
    • Wear a cloth face covering over nose and mouth upon entry to the office and in common areas
    • Facilities should be:
      • Regularly and frequently cleaned and disinfected
      • Any items that come in contact with customers/clients should be disinfected
      • Hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, soap and water, or similar disinfectants should be readily available to employees and customers
      • Signage should be placed visible around the premises to remind everyone on hygiene practices

Malls and non-essential retail

  • Can be reopen now at 25% capacity, except in rural counties with 5 or less confirmed cases of COVID-19, which can reopen at 50% capacity
  • Food courts, play areas, interactive displays must be closed
  • Customer pick-up can also be offered
  • Minimum recommended health protocols must be followed

Restaurants and Bars

  • Dine-in services can be offered now at 25% capacity, except in rural counties with 5 or less confirmed cases of COVID-19, which can reopen at 50% capacity
  • Bars must remain closed, even if they offer food
  • Minimum recommended health protocols must be followed, including:
    • Parties must be limited to 6 people and parties must be seated 6 feet apart from one another
    • Disposable menus must be used
    • Single-use portions of condiments upon request
    • No self-serve buffets
    • Hand sanitizing available at entrance
    • Disinfect and sanitize surfaces and items
  • Valet service not allowed
  • To-go and delivery can still be offered
  • Business should have an employee open the business door to limit the amount of people touching the door

Movie theaters

  • Theaters can be open now at 25% capacity, except in rural counties with 5 or less confirmed cases of COVID-19, which can reopen at 50% capacity
  • Minimum recommended health protocols must be followed, including:
    • Patrons sitting 2 empty seats apart from each other – except if you attend with a group of people you live with, in which case you can sit together but with 2 empty seats on either side of the group
    • Empty row between customers
    • Seats and other surfaces must be cleaned between each screening
    • Disposable menus, single-use cutlery and condiments must be used if food options are offered

Wedding venues

Barber shops, hair salons, tanning salons, and nail salons

Gyms and exercise facilities

Non-essential manufacturing

The Family First Coronavirus Response Act’s (FFCRA) leave provisions are still in place through December 31, 2020. Additional guidance and other minimum recommended health protocols are accessible here. Minces Rankin PLLC is here to help your business safely reopen. Please contact us by submitting a contact form.

Comments are closed.