Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources

As the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) evolves, the Texas Municipal League is working with state and federal officials and city leaders to limit the spread of the virus, mitigate health and economic risk, and protect our communities.

TML has compiled these resources to help your city limit the spread of COVID-19 and educate the public on prevention. We will update this page as new information develops.

State Disaster Orders and Guidance

  • Governor's Executive Order GA-40 related to prohibiting vaccine mandates, subject to legislative action

  • Governor's Executive Order GA-39 relating to prohibiting vaccine mandates and passports subject to legislative action

  • Governor's Executive Order GA-38 relating to mask mandates and vaccine passports

  • Governor's Executive Order GA-37 relating to the transportation of migrants during the pandemic

  • Governor's Executive Order GA-36 relating to the prohibition of governmental entities and officials from mandating face coverings or restricting activities in response to the COVID-19 disaster

  • Governor's Executive Order GA-3X (April 5, 2021); Related to banning state agencies, political subdivisions, or organizations receiving public funds from creating “vaccine passports” or otherwise requiring proof of a COVID-19 vaccine in order to receive services

  • Governor's Executive Order GA-34 (March 2, 2021); Related to the opening of Texas

  • Governor's Executive Order GA-32  (October 10, 2020); Related to the further reopening of Texas

  • Governor's Executive Order GA-31 (September 17, 2020); Related to hospital capacity

  • Governor's Executive Order GA-30 (September 17, 2020); Related to the reopening of Texas

  •  Governor’s Proclamation (July 2, 2020): Provides for mayoral approval of outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people, with exceptions.

  • Governor’s Executive Order GA-29 (July 2, 2020): Establishes statewide face covering requirement.

  • Governor’s Executive Order GA-28 (June 26, 2020): Rolls back some aspects of Phase III of the governor’s plan to re-open Texas.

  • Governor’s Executive Order GA-27 (June 25, 2020): Relating to hospital bed availability during COVID-19. Amended by July 9, 2020 Proclamation suspending elective surgeries in over 100 counties.

  • Governor’s Executive Order GA-26 (June 3, 2020): Implements Phase III of the governor’s plan to re-open Texas.

  • Governor’s Executive Order GA-25 (May 22, 2020): Suspends in-person visitations at county and municipal jails in response to COVID-19, but provides exceptions for visitations by an attorney meeting with a client, or a religious leader or member of the clergy.

  • Governor’s Executive Order GA-24 (May 21, 2020): Terminates air travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Governor’s Executive Order GA-23 (May 18, 2020): Retains the “minimize social gatherings and minimize in-person contact” provision (referred to below in previous order as “stay home/work home”), but provides exceptions for “covered services” and “safe daily activities,” subject to the applicable conditions and limitations on the governor’s Open Texas web page.

  • Governor’s Executive Order GA-?? (April 27, 2020): Prohibits confinement as a penalty for violating the governor’s orders.

  • Governor’s Executive Order GA-21 (May 5, 2020): Retains stay home/work home provision, but provides exceptions for essential businesses and activities, retail-to-go, and additional re-opened businesses.

  • Governor’s Executive Order GA-20 (April 27, 2020): Removes most travel restrictions for those coming into Texas.

  • Governor’s Executive Order GA-19 (April 27, 2020): Allows most health care procedures, with certain restrictions.

  • Governor’s Executive Order GA-18 (April 27, 2020): Retains stay home/work home provision, but provides exceptions for essential businesses and activities, retail-to-go, and re-opened businesses.

  • The Governor’s Report to Open Texas (April 27, 2020)

  • Governor’s Executive Order GA-17 (April 17, 2020):  Creates a statewide Strike Force to Open Texas, which “will work towards a medical architecture to test and trace, while gradually and safely returning to work and other activities.”

  • Governor’s Executive Order GA-16 (April 17, 2020):  Establishes a temporary "Retail-To-Go" model that will allow retail outlets in Texas to reopen beginning Friday, April 24. Under this model, reopened establishments are required to deliver items to customer’s cars, homes, or other locations to minimize contact. Under this Executive Order, schools — including public, private, and higher education institutions — will remain closed for the 2019-2020 school year.

  • Governor’s Executive Order GA-15 (April 17, 2020):  relates to hospital capacity and personal protective equipment (PPE) needed for the COVID-19 response.

  • Governor’s Proclamation (April 12, 2020):  The governor’s extension of the statewide disaster regarding the Coronavirus.

  • Governor’s Executive Order GA-14 (March 31, 2020): The governor’s original stay home/work home order.

  • Governor’s Executive Order GA-08 (March 19, 2020): Declares a statewide disaster regarding the Coronavirus.

  • State Health Commissioner Public Health Disaster Declaration

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COVID-19/Coronavirus News Articles (RSS)

  1. Want to avoid quarantine if going to Hawaii? The state is close to a vaccine rule change.

    Travelers headed to Hawaii may soon be required to have a COVID-19 vaccine booster before arrival in order to avoid quarantine, the state's governor said. The new rule could be enacted within a month.

  2. Fayetteville requires masks for city-owned buildings

    ...buildings as the omicron variant of the coronavirus continues to surge in Arkansas. The Fayetteville City Council on Tuesday approved an ordinance requiring masks that is similar to one that expired in late...

  3. Russia shortens COVID-19 isolation to 7 days as cases surge

    ...country in the world to approve and roll out a domestically developed coronavirus vaccine. In Moscow, Mayor Sergei Sobyanin extended his orders obligating companies to keep at least 30% of staff working from...

  4. Daily virus cases in Russia double as omicron spreads

    The country's state coronavirus task force registered 30,726 new infections over the last 24 hours, which is twice as many as 15,830 just a week ago and the highest daily tally since early December. The task force has also reported 670 deaths.

  5. Students in some cities stage walkouts over in-person learning conditions

    ...calling them "COVID petri dishes." The group organizing Chicago’s walk-out sent a letter to Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot and district leaders with a list of demands. Including a return to remote learning...

  6. Frustration grows as Dutch Cabinet mulls future of lockdown

    ...reference to a Belgian city that has drawn thousands of Dutch visitors during the lockdown. The city’s mayor, Wouter Kolff, tweeted that he had “a lot of understanding and appreciation for this playful action...

  7. Idaho officials: COVID climbing too fast to timely track | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

    Deputy state epidemiologist said during a briefing Tuesday that the backlog is happening because public health agencies can't keep up with the flood of positive COVID-19 tests. When positive tests are reported, workers at local public health agencies...

  8. Stressed Kansas and Missouri hospitals hunt for ventilators

    Doctors in Kansas and Missouri are hunting down ventilators and running out of monoclonal antibodies as COVID-19 patient counts hit pandemic highs at a growing number of hospitals.

  9. Chicago students returning to school after teachers union and city agree on Covid-19 safety measures

    ...between the union, CTU, and the district will extend through the rest of the school year, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Monday. As part of the deal, Covid-19 testing in schools will ramp up to 10%...

  10. Chicago mayor tests positive for COVID-19

    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Tuesday that she has tested positive for COVID-19. The Democrat said she has "cold-like symptoms" but otherwise feels fine. She credited being vaccinated and receiving a booster shot.

  11. State AG may sue to block planned mask mandate in Omaha

    Health officials want to impose a new mask mandate in Omaha to slow the spread of COVID-19 as surging virus cases continue to strain hospital capacity, but the state said it would sue to block the rule if it is imposed Wednesday as planned.

  12. 4th booster shot against COVID-19 on horizon

    Under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendations, people with weakened immune systems could receive a fourth dose of the coronavirus vaccine as early as this week. The CDC’s guidance applies to anyone 12 and older whose immune...

  13. Russia: Infections could surge 6 times higher due to omicron

    ...13 Russian regions, including the country's biggest cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg. Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said Tuesday that omicron is spreading fast in the Russian capital. “Within 7-10...

  14. U.S. Sets Fresh Records for Covid Hospitalizations and Cases With 1.5 Million New Infections

    The number of patients with Covid-19 in U.S. hospitals surpassed last winter's peak over the weekend and the U.S. reported a single-day record of 1.5 million Covid cases on Monday. A larger share of patients appear to be entering hospitals for...

  15. Albuquerque's proposed vaccine mandate sparks debate

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The mayor of New Mexico’s largest city is telling thousands of municipal workers to prepare for a vaccine mandate in the coming weeks, but union leaders who represent Albuquerque...

  16. Chicago students set to return to school after agreement between teachers union and city officials over Covid-19 mitigation measures

    ...to in-person instruction Wednesday, Chicago Public Schools said in a letter to families. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said a written document with full details of the agreement would be released after...

  17. Border authorities have the highest rates of COVID-19 in Texas and California

    Nearly two-thirds of all U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers and agents infected with COVID-19 work in Texas. A total of 13,257 CBP employees, which include Border Patrol agents, have been infected with coronavirus, including 4,551 from...

  18. Utah gov exempts state Capitol, facilities from mask mandate

    GOP Gov. Spencer Cox exempted from a mask mandate the Utah Capitol and other state facilities on Monday as conservative lawmakers prepared to begin meeting for the year, but the Salt Lake County mayor is pushing back.

  19. Massachusetts unveils digital COVID-19 vaccine card option

    ...Some places of businesses are requiring proof of vaccination, however, and beginning Saturday, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu is requiring workers and customers at restaurants, gyms and many other indoor locations...

  20. Nearly a quarter of hospitals are reporting a critical staff shortage as Omicron drives a rise in Covid-19 cases

    These staff shortages are growing as frontline health care workers are either infected or forced to quarantine due to exposure to Covid-19 just as the demand for treatment skyrockets: More than 138,000 Covid-19 patients were in US hospitals as of...

  21. New York to require booster shots for health care workers

    New York is joining a handful of states in requiring health care workers to get a COVID-19 booster shot. Gov. Kathy Hochul said Friday that she was expanding on a vaccine mandate she instituted last fall requiring health care workers to get...

  22. Surging COVID-19 cases strain Missouri hospitals, schools

    ... “I think a goal that many people share is that we keep our schools open regularly for in-person instruction,” said Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas, who introduced the new order. Recommended For You

  23. R.I. capital city could lose 80 cops over vaccine mandate

    Roughly 80 police officers could face termination in the coming weeks for non-compliance with the city's COVID-19 vaccination mandate. Chief Col. Hugh T. Clements, Jr. said on Wednesday there is "huge concern" over loss of staff as vaccination...

  24. COVID: Louisiana sets another 1-day case record

    Louisiana has again set a record for COVID-19 cases, with 14,077 diagnosed in one day, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Thursday. And despite the pandemic's long slog, people need to keep up precautions against spreading and contracting the coronavirus, he...

  25. Pandemic sidelines 800 police, firefighters in Los Angeles

    ...response times, adding to concerns about shortages of critical staff including health care workers. Mayor Eric Garcetti said Thursday that more than 500 LAPD officers and other police employees and nearly...

  26. Spike in California virus cases hitting hospitals, schools

    The fast-spreading omicron variant of COVID-19 is sidelining exposed or infected health care workers even as hospital beds fill with patients and “some facilities are going to be strapped,” Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly said...

  27. An 'awful' month of Covid-19 lies ahead, doctor says, but preventative measures will still be key

    While the highly transmissible Omicron variant continues to drive up Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations -- and the numbers are likely to get worse before they get better -- health experts say it's critical Americans continue safe practices to...

  28. Student absentee rates rise amid Arizona virus surge

    Higher than normal student absentee rates were reported Wednesday in metro Phoenix, where many school districts resumed classes even as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations surged across Arizona. She said teacher absences were also up, but didn’t have...

  29. Chicago public school classes are canceled after teachers union backs remote learning

    The move in the nation's third-largest school district comes amid an escalating battle over pandemic safety protocols in schools. The status of instruction for the rest of the week remained in limbo. The union's action, approved by 73% of members,...

  30. Live updates: National Guard members in Texas refuse vaccine

    Texas officials indicated Tuesday that thousands of National Guard members are refusing COVID-19 vaccines in the latest challenge against a Biden administration order that requires all members of the military to get one.

  31. Conditions hard for 13 million under China virus lockdown

    The Xi’an restrictions imposed Dec. 23 are some of the harshest since China in 2020 imposed a strict lockdown on more than 11 million people in and around the central city of Wuhan, after the coronavirus was first detected there in late 2019.

  32. FDA expands Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine booster for ages 12 to 15

    The expanded approval is an important step in clearing the extra shots for the younger age group. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention must still sign off on the initiative before they are administered.

  33. Schools adapt for return from break as COVID-19 cases surge

    Mask requirements are returning in some school districts that had dropped them. Some are planning to vastly ramp up virus testing among students and staff. And a small number of school systems are switching to remote learning — for just a short...

  34. Thousands gather to oppose Dutch virus measures despite ban

    Thousands of people in the Netherlands defied a ban on assembling and demonstrated Sunday against the Dutch government’s coronavirus lockdown measures, gathering on a central square before marching toward a park in Amsterdam.

  35. San Francisco to require boosters for law enforcement, workers in high-risk settings

    ...reported that in December, 60 firefighters have contracted the virus, including 40 active cases. The mayor’s office and public health department did not immediately provide clarifications Wednesday to The...

  36. Live updates: Pakistan reaches goal to vaccinate 70 million

    Pakistan’s planning minister says his country has achieved a goal of fully vaccinating 70 million people by the end of 2021. The announcement Friday comes as Pakistan has recently stepped up its vaccination campaign as the new omicron variant...

  37. Live updates: South Korea extends social distancing rules

    South Korea says it’ll extend the toughest social distancing rules for another two weeks to try to lower critical cases and guard against the omicron variant. The government said Friday the current restrictions such as a four-person limit on private...

  38. Hawaii's COVID cases surge to record high as omicron spreads

    ...University of Hawaii said it would hold most classes online when the semester begins in January. Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi said there would be no new restrictions on Oahu over the New Year holiday. “It’s...

  39. Live updates: Masks to be mandatory outdoors in Paris

    The Paris police prefecture said the mask rule will apply to people ages 12 and over, although individuals will be exempt while riding bicycles or motorcycles, traveling in vehicles and doing exercise. Those who do not comply face fines of 135 euros...

  40. Live updates: Mexico approves use of Cuba's Abdala vaccine

    The approval for emergency use does not necessarily mean the Mexican government will acquire or administer the Abdala vaccine in Mexico. Mexico has approved 10 vaccines for use, but has made little use of some, like China’s Sinopharm.

  41. Chicago plans largest NYE fireworks show with COVID measures

    ...display in city history after canceling last year’s celebrations due to the coronavirus pandemic. Mayor Lori Lightfoot told reporters Wednesday that the celebration after last year's hiatus was planned...

  42. Live updates: COVID hospitalizations in Ohio hit record high

    Ohio had 5,356 people in the hospital with the coronavirus Wednesday, the highest since the pandemic began in March 2020, accounting for more than one of every five hospital beds. That’s also the highest per-capita hospitalization rate in the...

  43. Health officials warn against large New Years gatherings as COVID cases hit record highs

    ...surge in cases is having a major impact on New Years celebrations worldwide. In London, the city's mayor Sadiq Khan canceled plans for a major fireworks celebration in Trafalgar Square. In Paris, fireworks...

  44. Cincinnati mayor declares a state of emergency as Covid-19 leads to fire department staffing shortage

    ...There are 774 firefighters total on staff,” said Yasmin Chilton, city spokesperson. As a result, Mayor John Cranley has declared a state of emergency to help appease the shortage. The declaration will...

  45. Live updates: Cities in Bolivia cancel New Year’s Eve events

    ...irresponsible to allow public festivities. “The pandemic is escalating, and life is first,” said Iván Arias, mayor of La Paz. “It’s preferable to be safe than sorry.” Bolivia has not detected the omicron variant,...

  46. Live updates: New COVID cases in Italy jump 25% in one day

    Italy surged to a record 98,030 new cases of COVID-19 infections Wednesday, an increase of 25% in one day. The commuter train line in hard-hit Lombardy — which recorded one-third of all new cases — had to cancel about 100 trains Wednesday, due to...

  47. Jackson mayor closes city offices amid virus surge

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The mayor of Mississippi's capital city has ordered the closure of city hall and other offices due to a surge in new confirmed coronavirus cases, particularly the highly contagious...

  48. Live updates: Spain shortens mandatory COVID isolation time

    Spain’s Health Ministry says that the mandatory isolation time for people who test positive for COVID-19 and for unvaccinated people who have been in close contact with an infected person will be shortened from 10 to seven days.

  49. Some children’s hospitals experience rise in admissions

    ...public school system in the country, will reopen as planned on January 3 following a winter recess, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday. The city is revamping its Covid-19 testing policies in an attempt to...

  50. The nation's capital is the worst place for COVID-19 infections right now

    ...and social distancing advisory in place instead). Sehgal said he and other health experts called on Mayor Muriel Bowser to bring the mandate back when cases began rising in the District just after Thanksgiving....

  51. NYC schools will increase COVID-19 testing to stay open

    Mayor Bill de Blasio says New York City will increase COVID-19 testing in schools when the holiday break ends next week in an effort to keep classrooms open despite a surge in infections due to the highly...

  52. Live updates: Turkey tops 30,000 daily COVID-19 cases

    The country reported 32,176 new cases and 184 deaths on Tuesday. A day earlier, the daily infections had jumped to around 26,000, after hovering around 20,000 for weeks.

  53. Apple closes all New York stores to browsing as Omicron cases surge

    Two weeks ago, Apple once again began requiring anyone inside its US retail stores to wear a mask as concerns mount over rising Covid-19 cases and the spread of the Omicron variant. Apple also temporarily closed stores in Florida, Maryland and Canada...

  54. Live updates: Biden pledges full support to states

    Joining a regular meeting between his coronavirus response team and the National Governors Association, Biden said, “My message is: if you need something, say something, and we are going to have your back any way we can.”

  55. Hard-hit by COVID, Israel's ultra-Orthodox slow to get shots

    The vaccination rate is low in part because half of the ultra-Orthodox population is under 16 and only recently made eligible for vaccination. Also, many ultra-Orthodox were already infected or believe they were and don’t think they need the vaccine.

  56. Florida adds 39,000 new COVID cases from Christmas weekend

    ...scooter past a mural by Hiero Veiga of billionaire businessman Moishe Mana, left, and City of Miami Mayor Francis X. Suarez wearing masks Monday, July 13, 2020, in the Wynwood Arts District of Miami. (AP...

  57. CDC cuts isolation time for Americans who test positive from 10 days to 5. Latest COVID-19 updates

    Health officials similarly reduced the amount of time one should quarantine after coming into contact with someone who tests positive. The changes come amid a recent surge in cases spurred by the omicron variant and concerns about staffing shortages...

  58. Live updates: Event size limits among new rules in France

    Starting from next week, big events will be limited to 2,000 people indoors and 5,000 people outdoors. People will be requested to sit down during concerts and customers won’t be allowed to stand up in bars, Castex detailed.

  59. Live updates: Greece adds restrictions as cases rise

    Health Minister Thanos Plevris announced that starting Jan. 3: the mandatory use of high-protection or double masks will be imposed at supermarkets and on public transport, entertainment venues will close at midnight, capacity will be cut to 10% at...

  60. At-home COVID-19 test kits being distributed across Alaska

    ...have ordered them, as have fire departments and universities. Corey Allen Young, a spokesperson for Mayor Dave Bronson’s office, said Anchorage had secured 25,000 kits from the state that will be available...

  61. Gary's mayor imposes new restrictions amid COVID-19 surge

    GARY, Ind. (AP) — Gary's mayor has imposed the first wave of planned restrictions, including limits on traffic at city offices, in response to surging COVID-19 cases in the northwest Indiana city. Mayor...

  62. Coronavirus dampens Christmas joy in biblical Bethlehem

    ...kept celebrations subdued in many countries, and hospitals were filled with patients. Bethlehem’s mayor, Anton Salman, said the town was optimistic that 2021 would be better than last year’s Christmas,...

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