Resources for Reopening Safely

Resources for Reopening Safely and Maintaining Health Safety 

Keeping employees and customers safe is a top priority. COVID-19 is still a threat to our area, unfortunately. In order to keep everyone safe and healthy, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration, other Federal agencies, and the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) have published resources to help business owners and office buildings create and maintain a safe and sanitized area.


Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
The CDC created the Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to help minimize the risk and reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. This resource is very detailed and updated regularly to help you plan, prepare and respond to COVID-19.

The CDC also created the General Business Frequently Asked Questions page on their website. This page contains information & answers to frequently asked questions involving:
- What to do if you have a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 in the
- How to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in workplaces
- Healthy business operations
- Cleaning and disinfection in the workplace

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 
The FDA created a Food Safety and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) resources page on their website. This page contains information and answers to questions involving:
- Food supply chain
- Social distancing, disinfecting and other precautions
- Temporary policies
- Workers testing positive 

Dept. of Labor (DOL) & the Occupational Safety and Health Admin. (OSHA)
The DOL & OSHA published an in-depth guide to help workplaces prepare for COVID-19, OSHA contact information, and similar resources to keep workplaces safe. You can find this publication here: Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19


All documents are from
- Special Guidance for Texans Over 65
- Protocols for Individuals (updated)

All following protocol links are in alphabetical order.
Several protocols were updated. This is indicated to the right of the links.
The date the protocols go into effect, after May 18, are listed to the right of the links below, as well.

- Bars (May 22)
- Bar Patrons (May 22)
- Barber Shops
- Barber Shop Customers
- Bowling Alleys, Bingo Halls, Simulcasting, and Skating Rinks (May 22)
- Bowling, Bingo, Simulcasting, and Staking Customers (May 22)
- Cosmetology Salons and Hair Salons
- Cosmetology Salon and Hair Salon Customers
- Child Care Centers
- Child Care Families
- Churches & Places of Worship
- Churches and Places of Worship Attendees (updated)
- Day Youth Camp Operators (May 31)
- Day Youth Camp Families (May 31)
- Gyms and Exercise Facilities (updated)
- Gyms and Exercise Facility Patrons (updated)
- Manufacturers (updated)
- Massage, Personal Care, & Beauty Services
- Massage, Personal Care, & Beauty Service Customers
- Movie Theaters (updated)
- Movie Theater Customers (updated)
- Museums & Libraries (updated)
- Museum & Library Visitors (updated)
- Nail Salons and Shops
- Nail Salon Customers
- Office-Based Employers (updated)
- Office-Based Employees (updated)
- Outdoor Sport Participants
- Overnight Youth Camp Operators (May 31)
- Overnight Youth Camp Families (May 31)
- Parks, Beaches, and Bodies of Water (updated)
- Professional Sports without In-Person Spectators (May 31)
- Restaurants (updated)
- Restaurant Customers (updated)
- Retailers (updated)
- Retail Customers (updated)
- Rodeo and Equestrian Events (May 22)
- Single Person Offices
- Tanning Salons
- Tanning Salon Customers
- Wedding Reception Venues
- Wedding Reception Attendees (updated)
- Wedding Venues
- Wedding Attendees (updated)
- Youth Clubs
- Youth Club Participants
- Youth Sports Operators (May 31)
- Youth Sports Families (May 31)
- Zoos, Aquariums, and Natural Caverns (May 22)
- Zoo, Aquarium, and Natural Cavern Visitors (May 22)