Governor Abbott's Executive Orders

Governor Greg Abbott today issued an Executive Order (GA-34) lifting the mask mandate in Texas and increasing capacity of all businesses and facilities in the state to 100 percent. Continue reading on the State of Texas website.

Governor Abbott Establishes Statewide Face Covering Requirement, Issues Proclamation To Limit Gatherings

July 2, 2020 - Governor Greg Abbott today issued an Executive Order 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. Continue reading on the State of Texas website.

Governor Abbott Takes Executive Action To Contain Spread Of COVID-19

June 26, 2020 - Governor Greg Abbott today issued an executive order limiting certain businesses and services as part of the state’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. This decision comes as the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 and the number of hospitalizations have increased and the positivity rate in Texas increased above 10%, which the Governor previously stated would lead to further preventative action. Continue reading on the State of Texas website.

Governor Abbott Announces Temporary Pause of Additional Reopening Phases

June 25, 2020 - Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the State of Texas will pause any further phases to open Texas as the state responds to the recent increase in positive COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Continue reading on the State of Texas website.

Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order Expanding Hospital Capacity

June 25, 2020 - Governor Greg Abbott today issued an Executive Order to ensure hospital bed availability for COVID-19 patients as Texas faces an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Continue reading on the State of Texas website.

Office Of The Governor, Dallas Cowboys Linebacker Jaylon Smith Release New COVID-19 PSA

June 15, 2020 - The Office of the Governor and Dallas Cowboys Linebacker Jaylon Smith today released a new public service announcement (PSA) entitled, "Wear A Mask On And Off The Field." Continue reading on the State of Texas website.

Office Of The Governor, Nolan Ryan Release New COVID-19 PSA: “Don’t Be A Knucklehead”

June 10, 2020 - The Office of the Governor and Baseball Hall-Of-Famer, Nolan Ryan today released a new public service announcement (PSA) entitled, "Don't Be A Knucklehead."

Governor Abbott Announces Phase Three to Open Texas

June 3, 2020 - Governor Greg Abbott today announced the third phase of the State of Texas’ plan to safely open the economy while containing the spread of COVID-19. Under Phase III, effective immediately, all businesses in Texas will be able to operate at up to 50% capacity, with very limited exceptions.

Governor Abbott Announces Phase Two To Open Texas

May 18, 2020 - Governor Greg Abbott today announced the second phase of the State of Texas' ongoing plan to safely and strategically open Texas while minimizing the spread of COVID-19. Under Phase II, restaurants may increase their occupancy to 50% and additional services and activities that remained closed under Phase I may open with restricted occupancy levels and minimum standard health protocols laid out by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Continue reading on the State of Texas website.

Governor Abbott Releases Statement, Provides Details on Increased Cases in Amarillo

May 16, 2020 - Governor Greg Abbott today released a statement and detailed the ongoing containment plan for the COVID-19 outbreak in Amarillo that is reporting over 700 positive cases today. On Monday, May 4th, Governor Abbott deployed a Surge Response Team (SRT) to Amarillo consisting of Medical Incident Support Team personnel from the Texas Emergency Medical Task Force (EMTF) and 70 members of the Texas National Guard. Continue reading on the State of Texas website.

Governor Abbott Extends COVID-19 Disaster Declaration For All Texas Counties

May 12, 2020 - Governor Greg Abbott today issued a proclamation extending his Disaster Declaration for all Texas counties in response to COVID-19. Originally issued on March 13 and extended on April 12, the Disaster Declaration provides the state a number of resources to effectively serve Texans as the Lone Star State continues to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Continue reading on the State of Texas website.

Governor Abbott Modifies COVID-19 Executive Orders to Eliminate Confinement as a Punishment

May 7, 2020 - Governor Greg Abbott today modified his executive orders related to COVID-19 to eliminate confinement as a punishment for violating these orders. These modifications are being applied retroactively. 

“Throwing Texans in jail who have had their businesses shut down through no fault of their own is nonsensical, and I will not allow it to happen,” said Governor Abbott."

Continue reading on the State of Texas website.

Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order Relating to Expanding Travel Without Restrictions

April 28, 2020 - Governor Greg Abbott issued an 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. Continue reading on the State of Texas website.

Executive Order GA-18 (PDF)

Governor Abbott Announces Phase One to Open Texas, Establishes Statewide Minimum Standard Health Protocols

Governor Greg Abbott today announced the first phase of the State of Texas' ongoing plan to safely and strategically open Texas while minimizing the spread of COVID-19. Under Phase I, certain services and activities are allowed to open with limited occupancy, and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is issuing minimum standard health protocols for all businesses and individuals to follow. Continue reading on the State of Texas website.

Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order Establishing Strike Force to Open Texas

April 17, 2020 -Governor Greg Abbott today held a press conference where he issued three new Executive Orders to begin the process of reopening the state of Texas while revising hospital capacity and certain social distancing guidelines. Within the orders, select activities and services that pose minimal to no threat of spreading COVID-19 are allowed to reopen using a "Retail-To-Go" model, certain restrictions on surgeries have been loosened, and schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year.

Within these orders, the Governor has established the Strike Force to Open Texas (PDF) - a team of nationally recognized medical experts and private and public leaders who will advise the Governor on safely and strategically reopening the state of Texas. Continue reading on the State of Texas website.

Strike Force to Open Texas

Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order, Implements Statewide Essential Services & Activities Protocols

March 31, 2020 - Governor Greg Abbott today issued an Executive Order implementing Essential Services and Activities Protocols for the entire state of Texas. The protocols direct all Texans to minimize non-essential gatherings and in-person contact with people who are not in the same household. The Governor’s Executive Order renews and amends his previous order enforcing federal social distancing guidelines for COVID-19, including closing schools and instructing Texans to avoid eating or drinking at bars and restaurants. Continue reading on the State of Texas website.

Governor Abbott Issues Executive Orders in Accordance with Federal Guidelines to Mitigate Spread of Covid-19 in Texas

March 19, 2020 - Governor Greg Abbott today announced a series of Executive Orders relating to COVID-19 preparedness and mitigation. The four orders serve to limit public gatherings and help reduce exposure for people across the state. These orders are in accordance with federal guidelines issued by the President and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and will aid in the state's efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. Continue reading on the State of Texas website.

View the Governor's Executive Order (PDF).