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-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. The Latest: Japan looks to ease virus emergency in Tokyo

    Japan is expected to ease a coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo and most other areas this weekend, with the Olympics starting in just over a month. Daily cases have since significantly declined and Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is expected to...

  2. The Latest: France eases masks outdoors, ends nightly curfew

    France is easing mandatory mask-wearing outdoors and will halt an eight-month nightly coronavirus curfew on Sunday. The announcement by French Prime Minister Jean Castex comes as France reports about 3,900 daily virus cases on average, down from...

  3. The Latest: Lebanon marks daily record of vaccinations

    Lebanon has vaccinated a daily record of people against COVID-19, raising the total number of shots administered around the country against the virus to more than 1 million. The Health Ministry said nearly 23,000 people were vaccinated on Sunday...

  4. Moscow orders new restrictions as COVID-19 infections soar

    ...Thursday, July 10, 2021 file photo, a woman wearing a face walks in a street in Moscow, Russia. Moscows mayor on Saturday, June 12 ordered a week off for some workplaces and imposed restrictions on many businesses...

  5. The Latest: Chicago reopens, ends most virus requirements

    fficials declared Chicago fully reopened on Friday, ending a requirement that people wear face masks in most indoor places and lifting capacity limits intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

  6. The Latest: UK records highest virus cases since February

    Government figures on Friday showed 8,125 new cases, the highest since Feb. 26. The delta variant, which is considered about 40% more transmissible than the previous dominant strain, accounts for more than 90% of all new infections in the U.K.

  7. The Latest: Confirmed virus cases quickly rising in Russia

    ...reported in Russia's capital at the beginning of the week Despite the surge of infections, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin vowed earlier this week not to impose a lockdown. In St. Petersburg, Russia’s second-largest...

  8. Pfizer to donate 500M doses to US for low-income countries; California withdraws masking workplace rules: Live COVID-19 updates

    In a June 3 report, Oxfam International said that of the 1.77 billion doses administered worldwide to that point, 28% had gone to people in G-7 nations and only 0.3% to low-income countries. Such disparity could prolong the pandemic and allow for...

  9. Seattle reaches 70% vaccination rate, first major US city to do so

    ...major American city to fully vaccinate 70% of its residents 12 years and older against coronavirus, Mayor Jenny Durkan announced. “When we launched our vaccination effort earlier this year, I said that I...

  10. Mexico getting 1 million doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine from U.S.

    ...still not known when the first Johnson & Johnson vaccines will be arriving at the border. El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser said he welcomed the news. “Increased vaccination will help contribute to the health...

  11. A rise in adolescent hospitalization rates is a reminder that children can suffer from the virus too, expert says

    Hospitalization rates for adolescents were lower than rates among adults but exceeded those among children ages 5 to 11. The recent increase in hospitalization rates among people ages 12 to 17 might be related to more transmissible coronavirus...

  12. Calif. governor seems unlikely to lift worker mask mandate

    “The national narrative for law enforcement is looking pretty grim, but to have a young lady come in from out of state and find out what her mission is to travel across the United States just to give hugs to officers, it’s pretty awe-inspiring,”...

  13. Burlington to lift COVID-19 emergency order June 15

    ...(AP) — Vermont's largest city will lift its pandemic-related emergency order on June 15. Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger made the announcement on Wednesday, saying the city has done what's needed to significantly...

  14. Sinovac vaccine restores a Brazilian city to near normal

    ...on more contagious variants. Hospitals in Ribeirao Preto are so full of COVID-19 patients that the mayor imposed strict shutdown measures last week, including halting public transportation and limiting hours...

  15. Countries eager to reopen to travel as pandemic recedes

    ...“People here are optimistic and, indeed, there have been many bookings in the last two weeks,” Naxos Mayor Dimitris Lianos said. “There could be a significant comeback of the tourist season even in the latter...

  16. Seattle shutting down mass vaccination sites; 60% vaccinated

    ...process, we are able to safely reopen and recover as a city — without the need for our fixed sites,” Mayor Jenny Durkan said in a statement. The city’s vaccination efforts got a boost when the Lumen Field...

  17. Here’s how different countries are trying to reopen to travel

    ...“People here are optimistic and, indeed, there have been many bookings in the last two weeks,” Naxos Mayor Dimitris Lianos said. “There could be a significant comeback of the tourist season even in the latter...

  18. Americans warned against travel to Japan as Olympics near; plus the latest virus news

    “Travelers should avoid all travel to Japan,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a new COVID-19 update. “Because of the current situation in Japan even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk for getting and spreading COVID-19...

  19. New York City mayor says public schools will be all in person this fall with no remote options

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York City mayor says public schools will be all in person this fall with no remote options. Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published,...

  20. Vaccinated travelers to Maui exempt from post-arrival test that they need to provide proper documentation to be exempted from the post-arrival test,” Maui Mayor Michael Victorino said. “We need an original CDC vaccination card or a certificate of vaccination...

  21. Big gaps in COVID-19 vaccine rates across the US worry health experts

    A month after every adult in the U.S. became eligible for the vaccine, a distinct geographic pattern has emerged: The highest vaccination rates are concentrated in the Northeast, while the lowest ones are mostly in the South.

  22. Do People Need To Know Which COVID-19 Vaccine They're Getting? One Country Says No

    The Philippines' Health Department says it will no longer allow local governments to announce which brand of coronavirus vaccines will be available at inoculation sites. The move comes after hundreds of people this week lined up at a site in Manila...

  23. California faces another month before unmasking begins

    The state’s health director announced Monday that California will require people to keep wearing masks and practice social distancing indoors until June 15 — the date when Gov. Gavin Newsom already said nearly all COVID-19 restrictions will be...

  24. More places in the US lift mask mandates. One local leader says the honor system is already not working

    ...said in a statement. Unvaccinated CVS customers are asked to continue masking up. Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced fully vaccinated people will no longer be required to wear masks in many locations,...

  25. The Latest: Italy eases rules, welcomes EU, UK travelers

    Italy announced last week it was relaxing its COVID-19 quarantine requirement for visitors from the EU, Israel and Britain in a bid to jumpstart its pandemic-devastated tourist industry. Italy had imposed the five-day quarantine on EU travelers to...

  26. Miami Tries To Make Vaccinations Easy: 'Wherever People Are That's Where We Will Be'

    ...were stepping away from the chaos to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Nearby, at a podium, Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava spoke during a press conference about offering vaccines here to make it easy....

  27. The Latest: Florida's amusement parks loosen mask wearing

    Visitors to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios-Orlando were allowed Saturday to remove their masks when outdoors, except when on attractions, in line or riding transportation. SeaWorld Orlando and Tampa’s Busch Gardens are allowing guests who...

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