Event guidance during COVID-19

Published on September 21, 2020

Gov. Greg Abbott loosened restrictions on certain businesses as part of an effort to reopen the Texas economy. Here are some of the latest restrictions:

Outdoor gatherings

  • Limited to 10 participants
  • First Amendment groups are limited to 10 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.
  • Face coverings are required unless an exemption is applicable, such as consuming food/drink or attending a religious gathering.
  • Exemptions: Religious services and youth and adult recreational sports. (See Sporting Events and Recreational Facilities section below.)

Indoor events and Retail

  • Some entities are limited to 75% 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 Open.Texas.gov.


  • Limited to 75% capacity.
  • No occupancy limit for outdoor dining areas.
  • All patrons must maintain 6 feet between tables and groups must be no more than 10 people.


  • Bars remain closed.
  • Bars can sell food and drink via drive-thru, pick-up, or delivery as allowed by TABC.

Sporting events and recreational facilities

  • Limited to 50% occupancy at professional, collegiate or similar sporting events, swimming pools, water parks, zoos, aquariums and natural caverns.
  • Limit to 50% occupancy for amusement parks.
  • No occupancy limit for youth camps and recreational sports programs for youth and adults.

No occupancy limits for the following:

  • Religious services
  • Local government operations
  • Child care services
  • Public or private schools and institutions of higher education
  • Drive-in concerts, movies or events where the participants primarily remain in their vehicles.

Residents should continue to practice safe habits including:

  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • Wash hands.
  • Social distance.
  • Wear a mask.

View the governor’s Sept. 17 executive order related to expanded capacity of certain services.PDF File

File for a waiver

Waivers for outdoor events may be available and must be approved by the city’s Office of Emergency Management and the mayor. Apply for a waiver online.