Executive Orders and Declarations
Governor Abbott Lifts Mask Mandate, Opens Texas 100 Percent
Per Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-34, effective Wednesday, March 10, 2021, all businesses of any type may open to 100% capacity. Additionally, this order ends the statewide mask mandate in Texas. Businesses may still limit capacity or implement additional safety protocols at their own discretion.
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, 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 type of entity.
This executive order rescinds most of the Governor's earlier executive orders related to COVID-19. To read Executive Order GA-34, please visit https://www.clearlakeshores-tx.gov/DocumentCenter/View/1151/EO-GA-34-opening-Texas-response-to-COVID-disaster-IMAGE-03-02-2021
Governor Greg Abbott to reopen certain venues to 75% capacity and allow resumption of elective surgeries in certain counties.
Governor Greg Abbott Expands Capacity for Certain Services in Texas
On Thursday, September 17, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order allowing some businesses to increase their capacity beginning September 21, 2020.
Retail establishments, restaurants, office buildings, gyms, museums and libraries may operate at up to 75 percent of the total listed occupancy of the establishment, except for those establishments in areas with high hospitalizations. Bars and nightclubs will remain closed.
“Areas with high hospitalizations” means any Trauma Service Area that has had seven consecutive days in which the number of COVID-19 hospitalized patients as a percentage of all hospitalized patients exceeds 15 percent.
A current list of areas with high hospitalizations will be maintained at www.dshs.texas.gov/ga3031
To read more, please visit www.gov.texas.gov/news
To read Executive Order GA-30 regarding business capacity, please visit:
To read Executive Order GA-31 regarding hospital capacity, please visit:
July 2: Governor Abbott Establishes Statewide Face Covering Requirement,
On Thursday, July 2, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order requiring all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions. The Governor also issued a proclamation giving mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of over 10 people, and making it mandatory that, with certain exceptions, people cannot be in groups larger than ten and must maintain six feet of social distancing from others. This Executive Order will be effective at 12:0 1 p.m. on July 3, 2020.
To read Executive Order GA-29 please visit: https://www.clearlakeshores-tx.gov/DocumentCenter/View/966/EO-GA-29
To read Governor’s press release, please visit https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-establishes-statewide-face-covering-requirement-issues-proclamation-to-limit-gatherings
June 26: Governor Abbott Takes Executive Action To Contain Spread Of COVID-19
On Friday, June 26th, Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order limiting certain businesses and services as part of the state’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. This decision comes as the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 and the number of hospitalizations have increased and the positivity rate in Texas increased above 10%, which the Governor previously stated would lead to further preventative action. The targeted, measured directives in the executive order are based on links between certain types of businesses and services and the recent rise in positive cases throughout the state.
The order includes the following:
- All bars and similar establishments that receive more than 51% of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages are required to close at 12:00 PM today. These businesses may remain open for delivery and take-out, including for alcoholic beverages, as authorized by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
- Restaurants may remain open for dine-in service, but at a capacity not to exceed 50% of total listed indoor occupancy, beginning Monday, June 29, 2020.
- Rafting and tubing businesses must close.
- Outdoor gatherings of 100 or more people must be approved by local governments, with certain exceptions.
June 3: Governor Abbott Announces Phase III To Open Texas
On Wednesday, June 3rd, Governor Greg Abbott announced the third phase of the State of Texas’ plan to safely open the economy while containing the spread of COVID-19.
Under Phase III, effective immediately, all businesses in Texas will be able to operate at up to 50% capacity, with very limited exceptions.
Business that previously have been able to operate at 100% capacity may continue to do so, and most outdoor areas are not subject to capacity limits. All businesses and customers should continue to follow minimum standard health protocols laid out by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).
Effective June 3:
- All businesses currently operating at 25% capacity can expand their occupancy to 50% with certain exceptions.
- Bars and similar establishments may increase their capacity to 50% as long as patrons are seated.
- Amusement parks and carnivals in counties with less than 1,000 confirmed positive cases may open at 50% capacity.
- Restaurants may expand their maximum table size from 6 to 10 persons.
Effective June 12:
- Restaurants may expand their occupancy levels to 75%.
- Counties with 10 or less active COVID-19 cases may expand their occupancy limits to 75%. Counties that fit this category but have not previously filed an attestation with DSHS will need to do so.
Effective June 19:
- Amusement parks and carnivals in counties with more than 1,000 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 may open at 50% capacity.
Special provisions have been made for outdoor gatherings, such as Fourth of July celebrations, but it is imperative that local officials and public health officials collaborate on safe standards. These provisions are included in the Governor’s Executive Order and are also available on the Open Texas webpage. To read Executive Order please visit: https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-announces-phase-iii-to-open-texas2
All businesses should continue to follow the minimum standard health protocols from DSHS. For details and a full list of guidelines, openings, and relevant dates, visit http://open.texas.gov.
Reminders for those going out:
• Individuals are encouraged to wear appropriate face coverings.
• People should not be in groups greater than ten when possible.
• People over the age of 65 are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible.
• People are still asked to avoid nursing homes, state supported living centers, assisted living facilities, or long-term care facilities.
May 26: Governor Abbott issues proclamation expanding additional services and activities that can open under Phase II
Governor Greg Abbott issued a proclamation expanding additional services and activities that can open under Phase II of the state’s plan to safely and strategically open. With this proclamation, water parks, recreational sport programs for adults, driver education programs, and food-court dining areas within shopping malls can begin operations with limited occupancy or regulations to protect the health and safety of Texans.
Beginning Friday, May 29th, water parks can open but must limit their occupancy to 25% of normal operating limits. Components of these water parks that have video arcades must remain closed. Starting Sunday, May 31st, recreational sports programs for adults can resume, but games and similar competitions may not begin until June 15th. Driver education programs can resume operations immediately.
Food-court dining areas within shopping malls can also immediately resume operations, but malls are encouraged to designate one or more individuals who are responsible for ensuring health and safety practices are followed, including: limiting tables to six individuals; maintaining a six-feet distance between individuals sitting at different tables; cleaning and disinfecting tables between uses; and ensuring no condiments or other items are left on tables between customer uses.
Minimum standard health protocols outlined by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) are recommended and located on the Open Texas webpage.
To read Proclamation please visit: https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/press/DISASTER_Adding_Covered_Services_to_GA-23_No_2_COVID-19.pdf
May 18: Governor Abbott announces Phase Two To Open Texas.
Governor Greg Abbott announced the second phase of the State of Texas’ ongoing plan to safely and strategically open Texas while minimizing the spread of COVID-19. Under Phase II, restaurants may increase their occupancy to 50% and additional services and activities that remained closed under Phase I may open with restricted occupancy levels and minimum standard health protocols laid out by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Visit https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-announces-phase-two-to-open-texas to read press release.
May 5: Governor Abbott Expands Business Openings In Texas
On Tuesday, May 5, Governor Greg Abbott announced some modifications and clarifications to his Executive Order issued on April 27.
In an effort to continue his plan to safely and strategically open Texas while minimizing the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Abbott will allow cosmetology salons, hair salons, barbershops, nail salons, tanning salons and shops to reopen beginning Friday, May 8, 2020.
In addition, gyms other exercise facilities, non-essential manufacturers and office buildings will be allowed to reopen on Monday, May 18, at 25% capacity.
Gov. Abbott did not mention a specific date for when bars would be allowed to reopen. However, he is working with business owners to find solutions to social/physical distancing inside the establishments.
These newly opened services are subject to recommended minimum standard health protocols outlined by DSHS. These protocols will be available at https://gov.texas.gov/organization/opentexas
Also, the Texas Education Agency provided new guidance on class of 2020 graduation ceremonies for Texas school districts. Full details of the TEA’s graduation ceremony guidance can be found at https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/graduation_ceremonies_5.5.pdf
To read full press release, please visit
April 27: Governor Abbott Announces Phase One To Open Texas
On Monday, April 27, Greg Abbott signed Executive Order GA-18 that explains the first phase of the State of Texas’ ongoing plan to safely and strategically open Texas while minimizing the spread of COVID-19. Phase one will begin Friday May 1 and continue until at least May 18. The Governor will continue to evaluate next steps for the state.
The Executive Order allows retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters, malls, museums and libraries to reopen beginning May 1 with a limited occupancy of no more than 25%. Barbershops, beauty salons, bars and gyms must remain closed until at least May 18.
On May 18, more businesses will be able to open at 50% capacity if data shows that coronavirus spread is contained during the first two weeks implementing these new safety measures.
The Governor’s announcement is accompanied by Texans Helping Texans: The Governor’s Report to Open Texas. This detailed report helps Texans understand phase one by outlining the new protocols, guidance, and recommendations.
- To read Governor Abbott’s press release please visit: https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-announces-phase-one-to-open-texas-establishes-statewide-minimum-standard-health-protocols
- To read Executive Order GA-18 please visit: https://www.clearlakeshores-tx.gov/DocumentCenter/View/840/Executive-Order-GA-18
- To download the Governor’s Report to Open Texas, please visit: https://www.clearlakeshores-tx.gov/DocumentCenter/View/841/Open-Texas-Report
In providing or obtaining essential services or reopened services, people and businesses should follow the minimum standard health protocols recommended by DSHS, found at www.dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus, and should implement social distancing, work from home if possible, and practice good hygiene, environmental cleanliness, and sanitation.
Governor Abbott also relaxed certain restrictions related to health care professionals and issued amended requirements related to hospital capacity. Read Executive Order G-19 here: https://www.clearlakeshores-tx.gov/DocumentCenter/View/843/Executive-Order-GA-19
Additionally, the Governor issued Executive Order GA-20 to eliminate the mandatory 14-day quarantine period for individuals traveling from Louisiana. Read Executive Order G-20 here: https://www.clearlakeshores-tx.gov/DocumentCenter/View/844/Executive-Order-GA-20
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced that he will allow his statewide “stay-at-home” order to expire on April 30.
April 21, 2020: Mayor Otten and City Council extended Declaration of a Local State of Disaster to May 12
On Tuesday, April 21st, Clear Lake Shores Mayor Kurt Otten and City Council extended the Declaration of a Local State of Disaster to May 12, 2020. After the expiration of the Declaration, the City will continue to follow recommendations and guidance from Galveston County and the State of Texas. Click here to read Declaration.
On Friday, April 17, 2020 Governor Greg Abbott issued three new Executive Orders to begin the process of reopening the state of Texas while revising hospital capacity and certain social distancing guidelines. To align with the Governor’s Executive Order, the City of Clear Lake Shores is preparing a local phased plan to safely reopen businesses in our community.
The reopening plan will follow Galveston County and State of Texas recommendations to ensure the safety and health of our residents and avoid the spread of COVID-19.
“The health and safety of our residents is our main priority,” City Administrator Brent Spier said. “We want to ensure our community that the phased plan to reopen businesses in CLS will be implemented in a way that poses minimal to no threat of spreading COVID-19 in accordance with other orders from the state and county”
At this time, the stay-at-home order remains in effect until April 30th unless continued or renewed by the State of Texas.
April 17, 2020: Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order Establishing Strike Force To Open Texas
On Friday, April 17, 2020 Governor Greg Abbott issued three new Executive Orders to begin the process of reopening the state of Texas while revising hospital capacity and certain social distancing guidelines.
Within the orders, select activities and services that pose minimal to no threat of spreading COVID-19 are allowed to reopen using a "Retail-To-Go" model, certain restrictions on surgeries have been loosened, and schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic year.
Within these orders, the Governor has established the Strike Force to Open Texas—a team of nationally recognized medical experts and private and public leaders who will advise the Governor on safely and strategically reopening the state of Texas.
The strike force will immediately begin providing input on potential additional openings of activities and services in Texas consistent with guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Governor will announce a revised plan for the state based on these initial recommendations on April 27.
The Governor’s second Executive Order (GA-16) relates to the safe, strategic reopening of select services and activities in Texas. This order 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. Teachers may go into the classroom for video instruction, to perform administrative duties, and to clean out their classrooms.
The Governor’s third Executive Order (GA-15) relates to hospital capacity and personal protective equipment (PPE) needed for the COVID-19 response.
The Governor also directed state parks to reopen on Monday, April 20 with strict guidelines to reduce transmission of COVID-19 – including requiring visitors to wear face coverings, maintain a six-foot distance from individuals outside of their party, and prohibiting the gathering of groups larger than five.
Visit https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-issues-executive-order-establishing-strike-force-to-open-texas to read press release.
Click here to read Executive Order GA-17 Strike Force to Open Texas:
Click here to read Executive Order GA-16 relating to the safe, strategic reopening of select
services as the first step to Open Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster:
Click here to read Executive Order GA-15 relating to hospital capacity during the COVID-19disaster:
April 2, 2020: Clear Lake Shores Mayor Kurt Otten and City Council today extended the Declaration of a Local State of Disaster to April 30, 2020.
The revision was made in response to Governor Abbott’s Executive Order implementing Essential Services and Activities Protocols, and Galveston County Judge Mark Henry’s new “Order of Essential Services and Activities.” Read Declaration here
Both Governor Abbott’s statewide executive order and the new “Order of Essential Services and Activities” for Galveston County became effective on April 2nd, 2020 at 12:01am and will last until April 30th, 2020.
Click here to read Galveston County Order of Essential Services and Activities: https://www.clearlakeshores-tx.gov/DocumentCenter/View/792/April-1-Galveston-County-Order-of-Essential-Services-and-Activities
MARCH 31, 2020: Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order implementing Essential Services and Activities Protocols for the entire state of Texas.
On Tuesday, March 31, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order implementing Essential Services and Activities Protocols for the entire state of Texas. The protocols direct all Texans to minimize non-essential gatherings and in-person contact with people who are not in the same household.
The Governor’s Executive Order renews and amends his previous order enforcing federal social distancing guidelines for COVID-19, including closing schools and instructing Texans to avoid eating or drinking at bars and restaurants. The protocols allow exceptions for essential activities and services based on the Department of Homeland Security’s guidelines on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce.
Examples of these essential services include healthcare, grocery stores, banking and financial services, utilities, child care for essential service employees, and government services. TDEM will maintain an online list of essential services specified in the Governor’s Executive Order at www.tdem.texas.gov/essentialservices/. Other essential services may be added to this list with the approval of TDEM.
The Executive Order follows the decision by President Trump and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to enhance social distancing guidelines and extend the deadline for these guidelines to April 30th.
In accordance with federal guidelines, people are still prohibited from visiting nursing home, state supported living centers, assisted living facilities, or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance. Additionally, schools will remain temporarily closed to in-person classroom attendance through May 4, 2020.
Click here to view Governor’s Executive Order: https://www.clearlakeshores-tx.gov/…/MARCH-31-Statewide-Ess…
MARCH 26, 2020: 14-Day Quarantine For Travelers Arriving to Texas From New York Tri-State Area, New Orleans
On March 26, 2020, Governor Abbott issued an Executive Order mandating a self-quarantine of 14 days for individuals traveling to Texas as their final destination through an airport from the Tri-State Area of New York, New Jersey, or Connecticut as well as the city of New Orleans, Louisiana. During this period, a quarantined person shall not allow visitors into or out of the designated quarantine location, other than a physician or healthcare provider, and cannot visit any public spaces. These mandatory self-quarantines will last a period of 14 days or for the duration of a person’s presence in Texas, whichever is shorter. Read order here: https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-issues-executive-order-mandating-14-day-quarantine-for-travelers-arriving-from-new-york-tri-state-area-new-orleans2
MARCH 23, 2020: Galveston County issues stay-at-home order to reduce spread of COVID-19
On Tuesday, March 23, 2020, Galveston County Judge Mark Henry issued a stay-at-home order to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community. The order, signed by Clear Lake Shores Mayor Kurt Otten, will be effective 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, 2020, until 11:59 p.m. Friday, April 3, 2020.
This action orders the following:
- All individuals currently living within Galveston County are ordered to remain at their place of residence. Galveston County residents may leave their homes only to perform any of the following essential activities:
- To obtain medical supplies or medication, visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies need to work from home.
- To obtain necessary services or supplies such as food, pet supply, and any other household consumer products, and products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences.
- To engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with social distancing requirements of six feet (for example, walking, biking, hiking, or running).
- To care for a family member or pet in another household. Click here to read more activities that qualify as essential activities.
- All businesses operating within Galveston County, except Essential Businesses are required to cease all activities at facilities located within the County. Click here to read which businesses qualify as “essential businesses.”
- All public or private gatherings of any number of people occurring outside a single household or living unit are prohibited.
- Restaurants with or without drive-in or drive-through services and microbreweries, micro-distilleries, or wineries may only provide take out, delivery, or drive-through services as allowed by law.
- Religious and worship services may only be provided by video and teleconference.
- All elective medical, surgical, and dental procedures are prohibited anywhere in Galveston County.
- This order suspends all delivery hour restrictions for transport to or from any entity involved in the selling or distribution of food products, medicine, or medical supplies in Galveston County for the next 60 days.
- If someone in a household has tested positive for coronavirus, the household is ordered to isolate at home for 14 days until or unless otherwise directed by the Local Health Authority.
- Nursing homes, retirement, and long-term care facilities are instructed by this order to prohibit non-essential visitors from accessing their facilities unless to provide critical assistance or for end-of-life visitation.
- Tolls are waived at the San Luis Pass toll booth during the duration of this Disaster.
MARCH 19, 2020: Bars and restaurants to close per Governor’s executive order
On March 19, 2020, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued four executive orders to slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) across the state. The executive orders require all Texas bars, gyms, and restaurants to close. Drive-thru, pickup, or delivery is allowed and highly encouraged throughout the limited duration of this executive order.
The following executive orders apply to Clear Lake Shores and will become effective 11:59 pm Friday, March 20 through 11:59 pm Friday, April 3, unless extended, modified or amended. Read executive order here: https://www.clearlakeshores-tx.gov/DocumentCenter/View/720/Governors-Executive-Order-GA-08---Covid192
MARCH 18, 2020: City of Clear Lake Shores declares Local State of Disaster in response to spread of COVID-19
On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, Mayor Kurt Otten signed a Declaration of a Local State of Disaster. The declaration activates the City Emergency Management Plan and shall continue for a period of not more than seven days unless continued or renewed by City Council. The declaration also allows the City to make immediate decisions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The City’s Emergency Operations Center is currently requiring departments to evaluate all aspects of City operations to ensure the continuity of essential City services. Police, Fire, EMS, and Water/Wastewater external services remain operational. Read declaration here
MARCH 13, 2020: State of Disaster declaration
On Friday, March 13th, Governor Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster as there are more than 50 confirmed cases of the virus. In addition, Governor Greg Abbott issued a proclamation suspending provisions of the Texas Election Code to allow political subdivisions to postpone their 2020 local elections. Clear Lake Shores will postpone their May 2, 2020 elections until November 3, 2020 and will follow November 3rd election guidelines. Read declaration here: https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/press/DISASTER_covid19_disaster_proclamation_IMAGE_03-13-2020.pdf