This page contains most recent updates on the City of Austin’s economic recovery plan, critical information about federal and state regulations, and services for local businesses and workers.

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Austin-Travis County Updates

 

Current Control Orders and Emergency Rules 

Information is provided at the City of Austin's COVID-19 website regarding state and local orders and rules that have been issued during COVID-19.

The State of Texas has a webpage dedicated to the reopening of businesses and services. Statewide health orders, issued by Governor Abbott, provide guidance for employers, employees, and customers of reopened businesses. For more information on the Governor's orders and regulations, visit the Texas Coronavirus Resources and Response Page.

 

Return to School Information

The Austin-Travis County Health Authority adopted new emergency rules that relate to reopening schools to promote the health and safety of Austin-Travis County residents in the fight against COVID-19. Learn more about the guidance and resources for returning to school online

State of Texas Updates

 

Governor Abbott Signs Executive Order 36, Prohibiting Government Entities From Mandating Masks 

On May 18, 2021, Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-36 prohibiting governmental entities and officials from mandating face coverings or restricting activities in response to the COVID-19 disaster. 

Effective immediately, GA-36 prohibits all governmental entities and officials on a statewide basis, including counties, cities, and public health authorities, from requiring any person to wear a face covering. The imposition of any face covering requirement by a local governmental entity or official is subject to a fine up to $1,000 beginning at 11:59 p.m. on May 21, 2021. Included in GA-36 is a suspension of the portions of the Texas Government Code and Texas Health and Safety Code that local officials have previously invoked to support face-covering requirements within their jurisdictions. 

 

Governor Abbott Lifts Mask Mandate, Opens Texas 100 Percent 

On March 2, 2021, Gov. Abbott issued Executive Order GA-34, relating to opening Texas 100% and the removal of the statewide mask mandate. 

Federal Government Updates

 

Federal Funding Programs: U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) administers several disaster assistance programs for small businesses and non-profit organizations. This includes the Paycheck Protection Program, the Economic Injury Disaster Loan, and the Small Business Express Bridge Loan. For additional information about these federal funding programs, please visit the SBA disaster assistance website.

 

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Guidance for Businesses and Employers

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) maintains a list of guidelines for employers, businesses, and employees returning to work. The list includes guidance regarding cleaning, responding to positive COVID-19 cases, and more. Visit the CDC Business and Workplaces website for more information.