COVID-19 Update and Event Guidance

Per GA-32, on December 5, 2020, occupancy limits were decreased due to increased hospitalization rates in the Trauma Service Area. Until hospitalization rates remain below 15% for seven consecutive days, the following restrictions shall be in place:

Updated December 5, 2020

Outdoor gatherings

  • Limited to 10 participants unless a waiver is obtained. See the link at the bottom of this list for information about requesting a waiver.
  • First Amendment groups are limited to ten people at this time, and all participants will be required to separate into groups with 10 or less, provided the groups are in different areas of the city, unless a waiver is obtained.
  • Face coverings are required when around others who are not a member of your household and social distancing is not possible, unless an exemption from GA-29 applies. 
  • Exemptions: Religious services and youth and adult recreational sports. (See Sporting Events and Recreational Facilities section below.) 

Indoor events and Retail

  • Most entities are limited to 50% of the facilities normal capacity. This includes non-CISA retail establishments, gyms, museums, libraries office buildings and manufacturers.
  • Other businesses have no occupancy limit, but must maintain 6 feet of social distancing between work stations: cosmetology salons, hair salons, barber shops, nail salons, massage establishments, tanning salons, tattoo studios, piercing studios, hair removal services and hair loss treatment and growth services.
  • All organizations should follow reopening protocols at 


  • Limited to 50% capacity.
  • No occupancy limit for outdoor dining areas.
  • Patrons may eat or drink only while seated.
  • Patrons must maintain 6 feet of social distancing between those not in their group.  


  • Bars that have more than 51% of their gross sales in alcohol and do not possess a food and beverage license from TABC are prohibited from offering on-premises services. Drive-thru, pickup, and delivery options for food and drink remains allowed to the extent permitted by Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission (TABC). 

Sporting events and recreational facilities

  • All indoor and outdoor professional, collegiate and similar sporting events, including rodeos and equestrian events, are limited to 50% occupancy.
  • No occupancy limit for youth camps and recreational sports programs for youth and adults. 

No occupancy limits for the following:

  • CISA services
  • Religious services
  • Local government operations
  • Child care
  • Youth camps
  • Recreation sports for youth and adults
  • Public or Private schools and institutions of higher education
  • Drive-in concerts, movies or events where the participants primarily remain in their vehicles.
  • The following that have at least 6 feet of social distancing between work stations: salons, nail places, massage establishments, other personal care and beauty services.  

Residents should continue to practice safe habits including:

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Wash hands.
  • Social distance.
  • Wear a mask. 
Waivers for outdoor events may be available and must be approved by the Mayor. Apply for a waiver online