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COVID-19

Our priority is the health and safety of visitors and local communities throughout the state. Travel Texas and its industry partners are closely monitoring the situation and following the advice of health officials and government agencies. 

Travelers and locals should be aware of the following:

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Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order (GA-24) terminating air travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor's new order immediately terminates all restrictions contained in the Governor's previous Executive Order (GA-20) that mandated temporary quarantines for air travelers arriving from the following areas of the United States: California; Connecticut; New York; New Jersey; Washington; Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; or Miami, Florida. 

View the Governor's Executive Order (GA-24) relating to the termination of air travel restrictions as part of the safe, strategic plan to Open Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster.

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Governor Greg Abbott 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).

The full list of services that may open under Phase ll and additional details can be found here: https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-announces-phase-two-to-open-texas

The Governor's announcement is accompanied by Texans Helping Texans: The Governor's Report to Open Texas. This detailed report helps Texans understand phase one by outlining the new protocols, guidance, and recommendations. 

Additional updates relating to the strategic opening of Texas are available here

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The Texas Department of State Health Services recommends these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of any respiratory virus, including COVID‑19:

  • Wash hands often for 20 seconds and encourage others to do the same.
  • If no soap and water are available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue away.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Disinfect surfaces, buttons, handles, knobs, and other places touched often.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Practice social distancing. This includes avoiding crowds and minimizing physical contact.

Additionally, the CDC recommends using simple cloth face coverings in public to help slow the spread of the virus: 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

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For the most up-to-date information, please utilize the following resources:

-updated as of 5/21/2020