Updated April 1, 2020
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, A number of Texas counties and cities are issuing shelter-in-place (or “remain at home”) orders, and we expect more to be issued in the coming hours and days.
Shelter-in-place orders prohibit the ability of the general public to travel within the restricted area, except to perform certain essential functions or tasks, such as obtaining food, medical services, working in an essential profession, etc.
THLA has been contacting local governments across the State and with the Governor’s Office to ensure that hotels will remain open to house guests. Stranded travelers, extended stay guests living in hotels, and individuals looking to stay somewhere to isolate themselves from household members all depend on hotels for temporary housing.
Additionally, hotels are beginning to enter into arrangements with local hospitals, federal authorities, the State, military, hospitals, first responders, and more to help them serve and house COVID-19 quarantined or exposed individuals.
For each of the shelter-in-place orders in effect as of publication, hotels may continue to operate as businesses essential to the health and safety of the community, and hotel employees may continue to travel from their residence to the hotel to perform work.
We are gathering as many local shelter-in-place orders as we can find.
Note this list may not be complete, as counties and cities continue to issue orders. If your area has gone under a shelter-in-place order but it is not listed here, please send Justin a brief note by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will update our list.
- Bexar County (San Antonio)
- Bell County (Killeen, Temple, Belton)
- Bowie County (Texarkana, TX)
- Brazos County (Bryan, College Station)
- Burnet County
- Cameron County (Rio Grande Valley)
- Castro County
- Collin County
- Dallas County
- Denton County
- Ellis County
- El Paso
- Fort Bend County
- Galveston County
- Galveston City order
- Harris County (Houston)
- Hays County (San Marcos)
- Hidalgo County (Rio Grande Valley) – note this is a curfew order
- Hunt County (Greenville)
- Lampasas (City order)
- Longview (City order)
- McLennan County (Waco)
- Milam County
- Navarro County
- Nueces County (Corpus Christi)
- Polk County
- Robertson County
- Rockwall County
- Smith County (Tyler)
- Stephens County
- Tarrant County (Fort Worth, Arlington, Grapevine)
- Travis County (Austin)
- Williamson County (Round Rock, Georgetown)
- Wood County
Additionally, here is a letter template you can download and adapt to provide notice to guests staying at your hotel property informing the guest that the area is under a shelter-in-place order.
For hotel employees, you can adapt and provide this document indicating the employee is traveling from his/her own residence to the hotel to perform essential services.
These shelter-in-place orders apply in addition to Governor Abbott’s statewide executive order issued on March 19th, and revised on March 31st. The most stringent provisions of both the statewide and local order will apply. More information on Governor Abbott’s order is here. If you have questions about the particular details of an order that apply to your operations, do not hesitate to contact us.