Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas

Governor Greg Abbott has issued Executive Order 29 requiring all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces, with few exceptions, in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases. Open Texas checklists are now updated consistent with this order.

The Governor also issued a proclamation giving mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of over 10.

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NOTE: The checklists in this report are no longer current.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