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
- TML Coronavirus Updates Listed by Date (from March 2020-April 2021)
- TML Coronavirus Updates Listed by Subject (from March 2020-April 2021)
- Virus-Related Lawsuits
- TML COVID-19 Update Webinar: What You Need to Know
- TML Emergency Management Resources
- TML Intergovernmental Risk Pool Covid-19 Resources
- TML Health Benefits Pool Coronavirus Updates
- FEMA Reimbursement Process Summary
- List of Possible PPE Vendors
- Texas Department of State Health Services
- Texas Department of Insurance
- Coronavirus Local Health Entities
- CDC Prepares Communities
- CDC Implementation of Mitigation Strategies for Communities
- National League of Cities Local Government Response Resources
- World Health Organization
- U.S. Department of Labor Employment Guidelines
- U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration
- Department of Information Resources Tips for Conducting Open Meetings Remotely
- Virtual Meeting Technology
- Coronavirus Fact Sheet (Spanish version)
- Resources for Health Departments
- Communications (Print) Resources
- Communications (Videos)
- Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities
Free Services for Cities
- Appian - COVID-19 Response Management Application
- IBM - Watson Assistant for COVID-19 Questions
- Facebook - Local Alerts Tool To sign up: Complete This Form
- MUNIRevs Cares Initiative – Online Licensing and HOT Collection System
- North Texas Cares - Funding for 501c3 organizations in North Texas
- Urban Leap - COVID-19 National Q&A Forum for Government Officials