City of Austin & Travis County Stay Home – Work Safe Orders
On June 22, Austin Mayor Steve Adler issued a new Stay Home, Mask, and Otherwise Be Safe order that continues through August 15. The new order incorporates the Mandatory Health and Safety Policy for businesses, establishes a $1,000 fine for businesses that do not comply with the order, and provides a sample health and safety policy and signage for businesses. Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe issued a similar order Mandating Health and Safety Policies for commercial entities on June 18. These two orders supplement, but do not replace, the June 15 orders.
The June 15 Stay Home – Work Safe orders issued by Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe for the City of Austin and Travis County remain in effect to August 15. All individuals and businesses are required to comply with the minimum health protocols in the checklists released by the Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas. Familiarize yourself with the City of Austin’s COVID-19 Risk-Based Guidelines designed to help the community stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Summary of Stay Home – Work Safe Orders
Face Coverings – Within the City of Austin, all residents over the age of six must wear some form of face covering over their nose and mouth when leaving one’s residence except when:
- alone in a separate, single space;
- in the presence only of other members of one’s household;
- doing so poses a greater mental or physical health, safety, or security risk;
- visibility of the moth is necessary for communication by or with a person who is hearing impaired;
- alone and engaged in outdoor activity allowed by the Governor’s Order;
- at a restaurant or bar eating and drinking; or
- temporary removal of the face covering is required to receive a service involving the area of the nose or mouth.
Consistent with Gov. Abbott’s Executive Order, no civil or criminal penalty will be imposed on individuals for failure to wear a face covering.
Travis County has a similar face covering requirement for all individuals over the age of ten that is described in Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe June 18 Order.
Mandatory Health and Safety Policies – Under the June 22 Stay Home, Mask, and Otherwise Be Safe order, all businesses (including not-for-profit entities), commercial entities (including multi-family residential, office common areas, and individual office spaces), and venues or events open to the public within the City of Austin must implement and maintain a health and safety policy that, at a minimum, requires all employees and visitors to a business to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth.
- The only exceptions allowed for the face covering requirement are those exceptions listed in the Face Covering section above.
- All businesses must post their polices in a manner that provide sufficient notice of the safety requirements to their respective employees and visitors.
- A civil or criminal penalty may be imposed upon businesses, but not individuals, for violations of the face covering requirements. A fine of up to $1,000 per violation is allowed.
- A sample health and safety policy from the City, that is minimally compliant with the Mayor’s order, can be found here.
- Sample signage that is minimally compliant with the order can be obtained on the City’s website.
- More information on how to comply with the City of Austin’s COVID-19 Orders can be found on the City’s website here.
Travis County has a similar Mandatory Health and Safety Policy requirement for all commercial entities providing goods or services directly to the public in Travis County. The Travis County requirement is described in Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe June 18 Order and is also subject to up to a $1,000 fine for each violation.
Gatherings – Within the City of Austin, Gatherings of groups of more than 10 people are prohibited, except as permitted by Gov. Abbott’s Executive Order. Vulnerable individuals (including those who over 65 or are high-risk) shall avoid groups of more than two beyond the members of their household.
Social Distancing – All residents are required to practice social distancing practices (including maintaining a six-foot distance from individuals, not shaking hands, washing hands with soap and water, and covering coughs and sneezes) except when in the presence of one’s own household.
Activity Logs for Retail, Restaurant Dine-in and Reopening Services – As a customer at a restaurant or store, you may be asked to provide contact information that could only be used by public health officials, if needed, for contract tracing programs.
Governor Greg Abbott's Executive Order: GA 29 - Face Coverings
The order requires every person in Texas over the age of 10 to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when inside a business, a building open to the public, or an outdoor public space. A few exceptions apply.