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City of Austin & Travis County Stay Home – Work Safe Regulations

 

On August 14, the City of Austin and Travis County extended their local orders through December 15. The new orders extend existing safety precaution regulations for wearing face coverings, maintaining social distancing, avoiding groups of 10 or more, and requiring businesses to implement their health and safety policies.

In addition, the Austin-Travis County Health Authority adopted new Emergency Rules related to reopening schools. The updated emergency rules continue regulations governing individuals and sites within the City of Austin and imposing requirements reasonably necessary to protect public health related to the transmission of COVID-19. The rules are effective until November 12.

In addition, 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.

REALTORS, please review and make sure that you are adhering to your broker’s COVID-19 safety policies.

Rules Applicable to Individuals

Face Coverings – Within the City of Austin, all residents over the age of ten (but it is recommended for children two years of age and older) must wear some form of face covering over their nose and mouth when leaving one’s residence except when:

  • a medical condition or disability prevents wearing a face covering exists;
  • doing so poses a greater mental or physical health, safety, or security risk;
  • eating or drinking, or seated at a restaurant to eat or drink;
  • exercising outdoors or engaging in physical activity outdoors WHILE maintaining a safe distance from others not in the same household;
  • driving alone or with passenger of the same household;
  • obtaining a service that requires temporary removal of the face covering for security surveillance, screening, or the need for specific access to the face, such as while visiting a bank or while obtaining a personal care service involving the face;
  • in a swimming pool, lake, or similar body of water;
  • voting, assisting a voter, serving as a poll watcher, or actively administering an election;
  • actively providing or obtaining access to religious worship;
  • giving a speech for a broadcast or to an audience;
  • necessary for communication by or with a person who is hearing impaired; or
  • alone in a separate single space or in the presence only of other members of one’s household.

Gatherings – Gatherings of groups of more than 10 people are prohibited.

Social Distancing – All individuals are required to maintain a six-foot distance from other individuals except when:

  • all individuals reside in the same household;
  • passing another individual is incidental and momentary;
  • not feasible to maintain six feet distance between a service provider and patron; or
  • dinning in groups of less than ten.

Positive Test, Pending Test, Known Exposure, or Symptomatic – If someone in a household is COVID-19 positive or is awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test, the entire household shall isolate and avoid travel outside of the City except to seek medical attention until the household is cleared by Austin Public Health. See the posted rules for additional regulations that may apply.

Rules Applicable to Sites

The following rules apply to any site within the City of Austin limits. Under the rules a site means a property, excluding a dwelling unit where the individual resides.

Signage  – A person who owns, operated, manages or oversees a site is required to post:

  • at least one face covering sign at or near each entrance;
  • at least one Austin Public Health “Help Prevent Disease” sign at each entrance and on each restroom door; and
  • where information for workers is customarily posted, at least one sign in English and at least one sign in Spanish that explains the requirement to remain at least six feet apart and the requirement

General Rules  – A person who owns, operated, manages or oversees a site must:

  • require all individuals to wear a face covering in compliance with the face coverings rule for individuals listed above;
  • clean and disinfect high touch items, like light switches and doorknobs, at least twice per day;
  • limit the number of individuals who gather or stand together to ten or less;
  • require at least six feet between groups of individuals, with some exceptions;
  • conduct a general health pre-screening of each worker every day before the worker begins their shift;
  • keep toilets clean, sanitary and operational at all times;
  • provide single use disposable paper towels and no-touch trash receptacles in restrooms and breakrooms;
  • mandate workers wash their hands for at least 20 seconds at particular times described in the rules; and
  • follow all directions from Austin Public Health concerning workers confirmed to have contracted COVID-19 or who may have come in contact with an infected worker.

See the posted rules for additional regulations that may apply to your site.

Stay Home – Work Safe Orders and Regulations

In addition to Emergency Rules issued by the Health Authority, a number of these local orders and regulations remain in effect. You can view these local orders and regulations here.

 

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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.

Resources for REALTORS®

Stay on top of your business during the pandemic. Use this resource kit to ensure you’re staying productive.

Visit: Work Safe Resource Kit

ABoR has you covered with the news and updates that directly impact your everyday operations.

Visit: ABoR REALTOR® Store
Visit: ABoR COVID-19 Blog
Visit: ABoR On-Air


As you navigate our changing market landscape, ABoR is here to help. See our answers to your questions about conducting business during COVID-19.

Download: Guidance for Showing Properties as Texas Reopens
Download: COVID-19 FAQs for Members
Download: ACTRIS MLS Recommendations for Marketing Listings
Download: Recommendations for Property Managers and Leasing Professionals


Texas REALTORS® has several new forms, including COVID-19 Contract Addendums to protect you and your clients. Download them and add them to closing documents.

Download: Residential COVID-19 Contract Addendum (TXR-2520)
Download: Commercial COVID-19 Addendum (TXR-1952)
Download: 
COVID-19 Lease Payment Plan Agreement (TXR-2227)
Download: Model COVID-19 Certification for Rental Property Access 
Download: Model COVID-19 Certification for Property Access

COVID-19 Essential Resources

According to the CDC, COVID-19 is an airborne disease caused by the coronavirus. It spreads through respiratory droplets emitted through an infected person’s cough or sneeze. Coming in contact with infected persons is the main way the disease is spread but it can also be contracted through surfaces or clothing. Stay up to date with these resources, which are all being updated regularly.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

City of Austin and Risk Based Recommendations to Stay Safe

Office of the Texas Governor

Small Business Administration (SBA): Coronavirus Relief Options

Texas Comptroller Covid-19 News Page

Travis County Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information, COVID-19 Dashboard, and Guidance for the Construction Company

Texas Real Estate Commission: Coronavirus FAQs

Texas Health and Human Services and Covid-19 Dashboard

U.S. Census Bureau: COVID-19 Demographic and Economic Resources