Resources for Reopening Safely

Resources for Reopening Safely and Maintaining Health Safety 

Keeping employees and customers safe is a top priority. COVID-19 is still a threat to our area, unfortunately. In order to keep everyone safe and healthy, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration, other Federal agencies, and the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) have published resources to help business owners and office buildings create and maintain a safe and sanitized area.


Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)
The CDC created the Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to help minimize the risk and reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace. This resource is very detailed and updated regularly to help you plan, prepare and respond to COVID-19.

The CDC also created the General Business Frequently Asked Questions page on their website. This page contains information & answers to frequently asked questions involving:
- What to do if you have a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 in the
- How to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in workplaces
- Healthy business operations
- Cleaning and disinfection in the workplace

U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 
The FDA created a Food Safety and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) resources page on their website. This page contains information and answers to questions involving:
- Food supply chain
- Social distancing, disinfecting and other precautions
- Temporary policies
- Workers testing positive 

Dept. of Labor (DOL) & the Occupational Safety and Health Admin. (OSHA)
The DOL & OSHA published an in-depth guide to help workplaces prepare for COVID-19, OSHA contact information, and similar resources to keep workplaces safe. You can find this publication here: Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19


All documents are from
- Special Guidance for Texans Over 65
- Protocols for Individuals (updated)

All following protocol links are in alphabetical order.
Several protocols were updated. This is indicated to the right of the links.
The date the protocols go into effect, after May 18, are listed to the right of the links below, as well.

Links to DSHS Minimum Standard Health Protocol Checklists
(Updated all checklists with most up-to-date versions as of 6/9/2020)

Documents from
- Special Guidance for Texans Over 65 (revised 5/5)
- Protocols for Individuals (revised 6/3)

All DSHS minimum health safety protocols are in alphabetical order below: 

- Adult Recreational Sports Operators (revised 6/3)
- Adult Recreational Sports Participants
- Amusement Park Operators
- Amusement Park Visitors 
- Bars (revised 6/4)
- Bar Patrons (revised 6/3)
- Barber Shops (revised 6/3)
- Barber Shop Customers (revised 6/3)
- Bowling Alleys, Bingo Halls, Simulcasting, and Skating Rinks (revised 6/3)
- Bowling, Bingo, Simulcasting, and Staking Customers (revised 6/3)
- Cosmetology Salons and Hair Salons (revised 6/3)
- Cosmetology Salon and Hair Salon Customers (revised 6/3)
- Child Care Centers
- Child Care Families
- Churches & Places of Worship (revised 5/26)
- Churches and Places of Worship Attendees (revised 5/18)
- Day Youth Camp Operators (revised 6/4)
- Day Youth Camp Families (revised 6/3)
- Driving Schools (revised 6/3)
- Fine Arts Performance Halls
- Fine Arts Performance Hall Patrons
- Gyms and Exercise Facilities (revised 6/3)
- Gyms and Exercise Facility Patrons (revised 5/18)
- Manufacturers (revised 6/3)
- Massage, Personal Care, & Beauty Services
- Massage, Personal Care, & Beauty Service Customers
- Media Production
- Movie Theaters (revised 6/3)
- Movie Theater Customers (revised 6/3)
- Museums & Libraries (revised 6/3)
- Museum & Library Visitors (revised 6/3)
- Nail Salons and Shops (revised 6/3)
- Nail Salon Customers (revised 6/3)
- Office-Based Employers (revised 6/4)
- Office-Based Employees (revised 5/18)
- Outdoor Events
- Outdoor Motorsports Events (revised 6/3)
- Outdoor Sport Participants (revised 6/3)
- Overnight Youth Camp Operators (revised 6/4)
- Overnight Youth Camp Families (revised 6/3)
- Parks, Beaches, and Bodies of Water (revised 6/3)
- Professional Sports Leagues (revised 6/3)
- Restaurants (revised 6/3)
- Restaurant Customers (revised 6/3)
- Retailers (revised 6/3)
- Retail Customers (revised 6/3)
- Rodeo and Equestrian Events (revised 6/3)
- Tanning Salons (revised 6/3)
- Tanning Salon Customers (revised 6/3)
- Valet Parking Services
- Video Game Facilities 
- Waterpark Operators (revised 6/3)
- Waterpark Visitors (revised 6/3)
- Wedding Reception Venues (revised 6/3)
- Wedding Reception Attendees (revised 6/3)
- Wedding Venues (revised 6/3)
- Wedding Attendees (revised 6/3)
- Youth Clubs (revised 6/3)
- Youth Club Participants (revised 6/3)
- Youth Sports Operators (revised 6/3)
- Youth Sports Families 
- Zoos, Aquariums, and Natural Caverns (revised 6/3)
- Zoo, Aquarium, and Natural Cavern Visitors (revised 6/3)