Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas

Governor Abbott Lifts Mask Mandate, Opens Texas 100 Percent

Governor Greg Abbott has issued an Executive Order (GA-34) lifting the mask mandate in Texas and increasing capacity of all businesses and facilities in the state to 100 percent.

This executive order rescinds most of the Governor's earlier Executive Orders related to COVID-19. 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 criminal penalties for not following COVID-19 orders nor may 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.

Read the Press Release.

Under the direction of Governor Abbott, with the advice of the Lt. Governor, Speaker of the House, Attorney General, and Texas Comptroller:

The Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas will safely and strategically restart and revitalize all aspects of the Lone Star State—work, school, entertainment, and culture.

Business Resources

Open Texas Checklists

Updated October 13, 2020

May operate up to 75% capacity, effective October 14, 2020
(See Executive Order 32 for qualifying counties)


Updated October 7, 2020

May operate up to 50% capacity, effective October 14, 2020
(See Executive Order 32 for qualifying counties)


Updated September 17, 2020

Protocol revisions related to food service, no changes to operating capacity, effective September 17, 2020


As Posted July 3, 2020


As Previously Posted


From the Texas Education Agency


The Governor’s Report to Open Texas

“As we open Texas, we are each called upon to be Texans: to act responsibly as we re-engage in the economy, to continue following all health precautions and sanitizing guidelines, and to care for our vulnerable neighbors. Lives depend on our actions. I know you will respond as Texans.” – Governor Greg Abbott

View the April 27, 2020 Report

NOTE: The checklists in this report are no longer current. See the NEW checklists above.

About the Strike Force

Strike Force Working Groups

Economic Revitalization

  • Workforce, Economic Development and International Trade
  • Infrastructure
  • Energy
  • Arts, Culture, and Entertainment

Health Care

  • Chief Medical Advisors
  • Health Care Systems
  • Emergency Management and Supply Chain


  • PreK-12 Schools
  • Higher Education

Fiscal Accountability and Federal Liaison