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Posted on: April 21, 2020

Texas Retail-to-Go Executive Order Begins April 24

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Executive Order GA-16, issued on April 17 by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, begins Phase 1 of the state’s plan to reopen the economy. The order allows certain nonessential businesses to open, beginning 12:01 a.m. April 24, for services that "may be provided through pickup, delivery by mail or delivery to the customer’s doorstep in strict compliance with the terms required by [the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)]." The DSHS requirements are available online.

In summary:

  • STAY HOME/WORK HOME ORDER: Stay home/work home, with exceptions for essential businesses and activities, is still in place under Executive Order GA-14, which expires April 30. GA-16 also updated federal critical workers guidance.
  • BUSINESS OPENINGS: Provides that any business may open, but only if it can provide pickup or delivery service and follows CDC guidelines (GA-16, expires April 30), and directs the governor’s “Strike Force to Open Texas” to make recommendations on more openings by May 1 (Executive Order GA-17, no expiration).
  • SCHOOLS: All schools shall remain closed until the end of the 2019-2020 school year (GA-16, expires April 30).
  • NURSING HOMES: Individuals shall not visit nursing homes, state-supported living centers, assisted living facilities or long-term care facilities, unless to provide critical assistance (GA-16, expires April 30).
  • STATE PARKS: Now open with restrictions, including requiring visitors to wear face coverings, maintain a 6-foot distance from individuals outside of their party, and prohibiting the gathering of groups larger than five (GA-17, no expiration).
  • MEDICAL PROCEDURES: Health care professionals and facilities can begin to provide medical procedures that: (1) would not deplete the hospital capacity or personal protective equipment; or (2) if a licensed health care facility has certified in writing to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission both: 
    • a. that it will reserve at least 25 percent of its hospital capacity for treatment of COVID-19 patients, accounting for the range of clinical severity of COVID-19 patients.
    • b. that it will not request any personal protective equipment from any public source, whether federal, state, or local, for the duration of the COVID 19 disaster (Executive Order GA-15, expires May 8).

Read the DSHS guidance for employers, employees and customers for reopened retail services.