GOVERNOR ABBOTT REGARDING OPENING TEXAS BUSINESSES TO 100% AND LIFTING THE MASK MANDATE EFFECTIVE WEDNESDAY, MARCH 10.
Below is the official order from Texas Governor Abbott regarding opening Texas businesses to 100% and lifting the mask mandate effective next Wednesday.
The mandate does not abandon safe practices that Texans have mastered over the past year. Instead, it is a reminder that each person has a role to play in their own personal safety and the safety of others.
If COVID-19 hospitalizations in any of the 22 hospital regions in Texas get above 15% of the hospital bed capacity in that region for seven straight days, a County Judge in that region may use COVID-19 mitigation strategies. However, that mandate also states that County Judges may not impose jail time for not following COVID-19 orders nor may any penalties be imposed for failing to wear a face mask. If restrictions are imposed at a County level, those restrictions may not include reducing capacity to less than 50% for any time of entity. Currently Tarrant County hospital bed capacity is at 9%.
We encourage you to wash your hands and practice safe social distancing practices when dealing regularly with others.
Coronavirus Information and Resources
Any company with less than 500 employees are now required to have the below poster displayed.
The below link provides guidance explaining paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave under The Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
This link provides the latest information from the Texas Workforce Commission and information on how to apply for benefits.
Several of you have asked for a letter that talks about interruption of service for guests. You can find a sample document by clicking here.
The link to this document provides information related to temporary lay-offs, reduced hours and unemployment information for business owners and employees.
Tarrant County officials have declared a ban on large public gatherings. The ban in Fort Worth is in place until lifted by Mayor Price. Gatherings of more than 250 people, should be canceled or rescheduled.
Please see the following link to review the Fort Worth City Ordinance.
The ban on large public gatherings is in place for the City of Arlington; please see the link to review the Arlington City Ordinance below.
The link below provides guidance from OSHA and Wage & Hour Division that may be of value to members of the association.
Texas Hotel & Lodging Association has helpful safety information and governmental and news updates on this issue.
WHO Key Planning Recommendations for Mass Gatherings:
U.S. Travel is in close contact with authorities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Homeland Security and officials at several U.S. airports about ongoing developments. Following is a toolkit they have put together:
American Hotel & Lodging Association also has put forth information and resources and will continue to monitor the latest developments tied to this virus issued by government and health officials.