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-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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  1. Tulsa to drop mask mandate, cites declining hospital numbers

    ...end of the month, citing a rapid decline in the number of people being hospitalized for COVID-19. Mayor G.T. Bynum said more than 450 people were hospitalized in Tulsa in January with COVID-19, but that...

  2. The Latest: EU plans Pfizer vaccine contract extension

    European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Wednesday that the EU will start negotiating to buy 1.8 billion doses of the Pfizer vaccine through 2023. Pfizer has been a mainstay of the EU’s vaccination drive so far.

  3. Kentucky's largest drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination site now open - 200,000 shots available through UofL Health in next 7 weeks.

    ...members and friends, go to concerts, ball parks, soccer games, festivals and open our economy,” said Mayor Fischer. “Thank you to Governor Beshear, UofL Health and our Public Health and Wellness team for making...

  4. Michigan heeds call to suspend use of J&J vaccine amid surge

    ...March, Detroit turned down 6,200 doses of the then-newly authorized Johnson & Johnson vaccine, with Mayor Mike Duggan saying he wanted to rely on those made by Moderna and Pfizer, which testing showed are...

  5. FDA Suspends Experimental Johnson and Johnson COVID Shots Due to Severe Side Effects

    As of 4/12, 6.8m+ doses of the J&J vaccine have been administered in the U.S. CDC & FDA are reviewing data involving 6 reported U.S. cases of a rare & severe type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the vaccine. Right now, these adverse...

  6. Anchorage to lift all limits on outdoor gatherings

    ...outdoor gatherings in a new coronavirus emergency order is set to take effect on Friday night. Acting Mayor Austin Quinn-Davidson announced the emergency order on Monday, a day before the Anchorage Assembly...

  7. NY to follow federal recommendation, pause J&J vaccinations

    ...New Yorkers as more information becomes available," Zucker said in a news release. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a virtual news briefing that the city would follow the federal recommendation...

  8. Orange County may soon reduce some COVID-19 restrictions

    ...soon to relax restrictions, given troubling indicators of another wave of infection. Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said the plan may be announced this week and could reduce occupancy restrictions on...

  9. Military Unveils Next Stage of COVID Vaccines on 60 Minutes: Implantable Microchips

    The Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is working on a COVID vaccine that will work on all variants and has developed an implantable microchip that it says will continuously monitor the human body for signs of the virus.

  10. Asia Today: India records another surge in COVID-19 cases

    ...sample from a man at a coronavirus testing site in Seoul, South Korea, Monday, April 12, 2021. The new mayor of South Korea's capital demanded swift approval of coronavirus self-testing kits, saying that his...

  11. Chilly weather doesn't dampen UK joy at lockdown easing

    Monday brought the easing of restrictions that have been in place in England since early January to suppress a surge in coronavirus infections linked to a more transmissible new variant first identified in the southeast of the country.

  12. Anchorage acting mayor seeks emergency order extension

    Quinn-Davidson said there were several reasons for requesting the extension, including because children under the age of 16 are not yet eligible for COVID-19 vaccines and because the emergency powers help in distributing vaccines.

  13. Utah to lift statewide mask order under new law

    ...has done so. Salt Lake City will continue its mask mandate after the statewide one is lifted, the mayor said Wednesday, though the rest of the county decided not to require masks. Mayor Erin Mendenhall,...

  14. Brazil's daily deaths from COVID pass 4,000 for first time

    ...keep religious buildings open. Also on Tuesday a Rio de Janeiro judge allowed schools to reopen as Mayor Eduardo Paes wanted. Hours later, the mayors of Campinas and Sorocaba, two of the most populous cities...

  15. Coney Island attractions reopen after losing year to virus

    The Wonder Wheel began turning and the Cyclone whipped into action as Coney Island's illustrious amusement parks reopened Friday after the coronavirus pandemic shuttered New York City's iconic summer playground all last year.

  16. Maui to require 2nd virus tests for trans-Pacific travelers

    ...required to get negative coronavirus tests when arriving at the Kahului Airport to avoid quarantine, Mayor Michael Victorino told reporters on Wednesday. People who refuse either test will be required to...

  17. Islamic leaders battle misconception about vaccines, fasting

    ...getting the coronavirus vaccine does not constitute breaking one's fast. Still, Safiya Khalid, a city council member in Lewiston, about 30 miles north of Portland, sparked a lively conversation among fellow...

  18. Fauci says new Covid-19 cases are at a disturbing level as the US is primed for a surge

    While lower than the peak earlier this year, there were still more than 61,000 new cases reported on Wednesday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. And the lack of continued significant decreases in infections is a concern, the director...

  19. Detroit going door-to-door to push need for vaccinations

    ...every Detroiter knows how to make an appointment,” Victoria Kovari, an executive assistant to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, told The Detroit News. The initial outreach is expected to last six to seven weeks....

  20. Oahu stays in current restriction tier despite virus uptick

    ...despite a rise in cases that could have triggered a rollback. Under an agreement between Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi and Gov. David Ige, the island will remain at the current level of business and social...

  21. With outdoor concert, Lincoln Center starts path to return

    ...100 open-air concerts and graduations. “It’s so beautiful to have culture back in New York City,” Mayor Bill de Blasio told the crowd. “We live through our artists, our musicians. We live through the plays...

  22. The Latest: Brazilian president ignores calls for lockdown

    Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says there will be “no national lockdown,” ignoring growing calls from health experts a day after the nation saw its highest number of COVID-19 deaths in 24 hours since the pandemic began.

  23. Dentists, Optometrists, Podiatrists, Veterinarians Can Now Administer COVID-19 Vaccines in the U.S.

    As President Biden said last night, the key to getting us back to our lives is increasing vaccinations, and in order to do that, we need more vaccinators. … As vaccine supply ramps up, we want to be sure communities have the help they need to get...

  24. Honolulu mayor wants eased virus restrictions despite uptick

    HONOLULU (AP) — Honolulu's mayor wants to change Oahu's coronavirus guidelines to allow for less restrictions despite a growing number of COVID-19 cases on the island. Each county in Hawaii sets forth...

  25. Alabama governor lifts mask rules, urges common sense

    ...fourth surge of the virus. Birmingham and Montgomery will keep mask mandates in place beyond Friday. Mayor Randall Woodfin said Birmingham's mask ordinance is needed because COVID-19 continues to be a health...

  26. Nearly half of new US COVID infections are in just 5 states

    ...options were on the table. In New York City, vaccination appointments are still challenging to get. Mayor Bill de Blasio has publicly harangued the federal government about the need for a bigger vaccine allotment...

  27. Osaka issues virus spike warning, wants torch relay rerouted

    Japan's Osaka prefecture issued a special warning Wednesday that a rapid surge in coronavirus cases is placing medical systems in the region at the verge of collapse and requested the cancellation of the Olympic torch relay along all public roads in...

  28. Asia Today: India sees another record rise in virus cases

    The rise of 115,736 coronavirus cases reported in the past 24 hours, tops the 103,844 infections reported Sunday. Fatalities rose by 630 in the past 24 hours, the highest since November, driving the total death toll in the country to 166,177 since...

  29. AP Interview: India could resume vaccine exports by June

    The world's largest vaccine maker, based in India, will be able to restart exports of AstraZeneca doses by June if new coronavirus infections subside in the country, its chief executive said Tuesday. But a continued surge could result in more delays...

  30. Birmingham extends mask order as Alabama gets vaccine funds

    ...of people who have received at least one dose of the vaccine, according to CDC data. Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin said the mask ordinance is needed because COVID-19 continues to be a health threat...

  31. Kauai rejoins Hawaii's Safe Travels program for visitors

    ...think as more vaccines get out, generally speaking, the entire world will be in a better place,” Kauai Mayor Derek Kawakami said. The island since December welcomed back some interisland travelers and adopted...

  32. Hungary to ease lockdown after hitting vaccination milestone

    Hungary's prime minister says some lockdown restrictions will be lifted Wednesday after more than a quarter of the population has been inoculated with at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Viktor Orban said a vaccination benchmark of 2.5 million...

  33. Spain prepares vaccine rollout surge as supplies gather pace

    Spain is stepping up its vaccination drive, with Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez saying Tuesday that a steep rise in deliveries over coming months will allow the country to inoculate 70% of its adult population -- some 33 million people -- against...

  34. A dangerous Covid-19 variant has spread to all 50 US states. Experts worry it could send cases surging

    “America appears to be done with the pandemic,” said Dr. Michael Osterholm, director for the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota. “The virus is not done with us.”

  35. New Zealand to open travel bubble with Australia on April 19

    The start of quarantine-free travel between the neighboring nations comes as a relief to families who have been separated by the coronavirus pandemic as well as to struggling tourist operators. Both countries have been successful in stamping out the...

  36. European countries scramble to tamp down latest virus surge

    ...be allowed on public transport. “The hospitals are almost full. The situation is difficult,” Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko said. Elsewhere, North Macedonia has delayed mass immunization amid vaccine shortages...

  37. A year after pandemic hit, Haiti awaits vaccines amid apathy

    ...the street and a park in Petion-Ville, Haiti. To help contain the spread of the new coronavirus, the mayor of Petion-Ville announced public markets would reduce their operation to three days a week, public...

  38. Stores in Greece open amid virus surge to help save economy

    Retail stores across most of Greece were allowed to reopen Monday despite an ongoing surge in COVID-19 infections, as the country battles to emerge from deep recession. Stores in greater Athens opened for pickup services only but remain closed in...

  39. UK eyes mass testing as it takes next steps out of lockdown

    All adults and children in England will be able to have routine coronavirus tests twice a week as a way to stamp out new outbreaks, the British government said Monday as it prepared to announce the next steps in lifting the nation's months-long...

  40. Polish hospitals struggle with surge of virus patients

    Tougher new pandemic restrictions were ordered in Poland for a two-week period surrounding Easter in order to slow down the infection rate. The country hit new records of over 35,000 daily infections on two recent days, and deaths have been in the...

  41. India's daily virus cases soar past 100,000 for first time

    India reported its biggest single-day spike in confirmed coronavirus cases since the pandemic began Monday, and officials in the hard-hit state home to Mumbai are returning to the closure of some businesses and places of worship in a bid to slow the...

  42. Epidemiologist warns of COVID-19 variant’s effect on kids

    One of the COVID-19 variants can infect children more easily, posing a new risk to kids, a nationally respected epidemiologist warned on Sunday. The variant called B.1.1.7, first detected in the U.K., represents “a brand-new ballgame” in the fight...

  43. Michigan's case spike could repeat across US; Italy enters Easter lockdown; Florida bans vaccine passports. Latest COVID-19 updates

    ...Ducey has demanded that Phoenix open public park amenities for the Easter weekend after the Phoenix City Council voted last month to prohibit grilling and close parking lots to prevent crowding. In a letter...

  44. Kenya stops the private importation of COVID-19 vaccines

    “To ensure the transparency and accountability in the vaccination process, and to protect the integrity of the country, the government is effective today closing the window of private sector importation, distribution and administration of vaccines,...

  45. Italy enters 3-day Easter lockdown amid vaccination snags

    The government had announced last month that it would place all regions into the strictest “red zone” lockdown over the Easter weekend to limit the chances of contagion, taking the same precautions it enforced over Christmas and New Year’s.

  46. Alaska community issues emergency after 1st case of COVID-19

    ...The city’s hunker-down order will last from April 1 until April 15 and was approved by the St. Paul City Council on Thursday. All of St. Paul’s residents besides those in essential government, business or...

  47. French hospitals boost Easter staff to battle virus resurge

    With a new virus variant spreading fast and French intensive care units as full as they were last April, the government closed all schools and imposed stricter new rules that take effect Sunday around the country.

  48. The Latest: SKorea's daily virus increase tops 500 again

    More than 320 of the new cases came from the Seoul metropolitan area, home to half of the country’s 51 million people, where officials have struggled to stem transmissions tied to various places, including bars, offices, factories, schools, and gyms.

  49. The Latest: California clears way for indoor concerts, games

    State officials won’t require testing or proof of vaccination for some of those events, but they do limit the number of people allowed to attend. Events that do require testing and vaccinations will be allowed to have more paying customers than those...

  50. Colorado eases mask mandate in about half of its 64 counties

    ...Blue or Level Yellow. Gilpin is the only county in the 10-county metro area at Level Green. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said Thursday he plans to keep the city’s mask mandate in place until at least early...

  51. Robots use UV light to zap viruses on Swiss planes

    A robot armed with virus-killing ultraviolet light is being tested on Swiss airplanes, yet another idea aiming to restore passenger confidence and spare the travel industry more pandemic pain. UVeya, a Swiss start-up, is conducting the trials of the...

  52. Israel's dilemma: Can the unvaccinated return to workplaces?

    While Israel provides a glimpse of what may be possible with high immunization rates, it also offers insight into the problems that lie ahead: Workplaces and schools are now grappling with what to do with those who refuse to get vaccinated as the...

  53. UK Refuses to Suspend AstraZeneca COVID Shots as Other Nations Have – 95 New Deaths Recorded this Week in the UK Following AZ COVID Shots

    More than 20 countries had suspended injections of the AstraZeneca experimental COVID shots due to concerns over fatal blood clots, but the European Medicines Agency (EMA) concluded that there was no link between the AstraZeneca experimental COVID...

  54. Chicago mayor refuses to open COVID-19 vaccine to all due to uptick in cases

    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the city won't open the vaccine to everyone 16 and older along with the rest of the state in two weeks due to a "quantum leap" in coronavirus cases. Gov. JB Pritzker announced...

  55. Merkel: 'A quiet Easter' needed to counter rising infections

    ...maximum of five people from two households can gather outside, not counting children under 14. Berlin Mayor Michael Mueller said kindergartens will be closed except for those who need emergency day care, such...

  56. Pfizer Vaccine Said To Be 100% Effective In Adolescents

    ...approved COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers to vaccinate every adult in the U.S. by the end of May. Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson and Uber partnered on a new initiative to provide free rides to COVID-19 vaccination...

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