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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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On March 31, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott 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. 

The protocols allow exceptions for essential activities and services based on the Department of Homeland Security’s guidelines on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce. Examples of these essential services include healthcare, grocery stores, banking and financial services, utilities, child care for essential service employees, and government services.  

These orders will be effective on a statewide basis starting at 12:01 AM on April 2, 2020 and will end on April 30, 2020, subject to extension thereafter based on the status of COVID-19 in Texas and the recommendations of the CDC.

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Governor Greg Abbott issued executive orders mandating a 14 day self-quarantine for individuals traveling to Texas as their final destination through an airport from:

  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Connecticut 
  • California
  • Louisiana
  • Washington
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Detroit, Michigan
  • Miami, Florida

The 14 day self-quarantine also applies to those traveling from Louisiana by road, or from any other state as may be proclaimed hereafter. The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) shall enforce this executive order along the Texas-Louisiana border. 

These orders to self-quarantine shall not apply to people traveling in connection with commercial activity,  military service, emergency response, health response, or critical-infrastructure functions, as may be determined by the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM). Essential travelers impacted by these orders can find additional information here: https://www.dps.texas.gov/COVIDtravel/

The order will remain in effect and in full force until modified, amended, rescinded, or superseded by the Governor. The full orders and press release can be found here: https://gov.texas.gov/news.

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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.

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

-updated as of 3/31/2020