Coronavirus Information and Resources
This page is set up to share up-to-date information and links to a variety of resources for you.
Our industry wants to ensure the safety and well-being of our guests but also our thousands of employees that work in this industry. Please see the sanitizing, PPE and other COVID-19 related services offered our allied members and also listed at the bottom of this page.
For those that employees that have been impacted, we have set up an Emergency Resource Page with important information and numbers - https://www.hantx.org/covid-19-emergency-assistance-and-resources/
Governor Abbott announced Phase III of his plan to reopen Texas. Full details may be found at the following link: Open Texas.
On July 2, Governor Abbott amended his original order and gave more authority to local governments to regulate outdoor gatherings in excess of 10 people. (Proclamation)
On September 17, in his Executive Order GA-30 - Governor Abbott outlined additional increases in capacity for certain businesses due to the diligence of Texans taking the safety and health guidelines and protocols seriously. These include: items including:
- Restaurants - May return to a max of 75% indoor capacity on September 21st. Link
- Gyms/Exercise Facilities - Return to a max of 75% of the total listed occupancy on September 21st. Link
On October 7, Governor Abbott in his Executive Order GA-32 - stated that all businesses that are at a 50% capacity can now expand up to a 75% capacity on October 14th given that COVID hospitalizations are less than 15% of capacity. This is due to everyone following the face covering and social distancing protocols. Openings will be done in conjunction with each County Judge who has can opt in their respective counties to include the new capacity guidelines.
- Hotels and Meeting Venues - May operate up to the 75% capacity.
- Bars (more than 51% of gross receipts from the sale of alcohol) – may open at a 50% capacity if County Officials/Judges agree on their reopening. Only groups of 6 people may sit together at a table, and everyone must wear face coverings if not seated at a table. We will bring you updates on our area counties but as of now, the decisions are:
- Dallas County – Judge Jenkins will not allow bars to open yet
- Collin County - Filing to open bars
- Tarrant County – Filing to open bars
- Denton County – Filing to open bars
Some of the things that still remain in place:
- Outdoor Gatherings - Restrictions on outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people is still in effect and subject to approval from the local or county officials.
Face Coverings | Several Texas Mayor's including some in North Texas signed a letter to Governor Abbott on June 16th, urging him to allow cities to be able to set their own guidelines for the wearing of face coverings.
- Statewide Facial Coverings - effective at 12:01 pm on July 3, 2020 every person in Texas shall wear a face covering over the nose and mouth if inside a building or space open to the public, or when in an outdoor public space where it is not feasible to maintain six-foot of social distancing from another person not in the same household. Verbal or written warnings will be given for first-time violators but additional violations will be punishable by a fine. Executive Order
- Dallas County has issued a supplemental order that mandates that all businesses (including their employees and visitors) wear face coverings. The order goes into effect June 19th at 11:59 pm and will stay in effect through August 4th at 11:59 pm.
- Other counties and cities are implementing similar orders. We will keep you up to date on those that happen in North Texas.
- City of Denton - facemasks required in all businesses. This will continue through August 4th at 11:59 pm.
- Tarrant County - facemasks required in all businesses. This will continue through August 4th at 11:59 pm.
- Seminar Recording from HANTX & THLA Town Hall on Face Coverings (June 22) - link
- Sample Wording for Face Covering Signage (compliments of THLA - link)
Returning to Work | OSHA has prepared a document that provides guidance for employers and employees on safely returning to the workplace. Other considerations:
- Hotel Employee COVID Assessment - English | Spanish
- Announcement to Employees about a positive COVID test -link
- Announcement to disclose COVID diagnosis - link
- CDC Contact Tracing Guidelines - link
- Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) - link
On May 11th, Dallas County's Judge Jenkins posted an Alert System for COVID-19 Public Health Guidance with 4 stages that goes from Red to Green with suggested recommendations. Dallas County is currently in the Orange alert stage.
DSHS, the Texas Division of Emergency Management, and other state agencies continue their ongoing preparations so that all of state government is working together to limit the spread of the virus and protect Texans.
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in monitoring the outbreak.
Following are some links to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Texas Health and Human Services, Dallas County Health and Human Services, Collin County Health Department, Denton County Health Department, and the World Health Organization websites:
- CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- CDC Guidelines for Large Community Groups: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/index.html
- DSHS website: https://dshs.texas.gov/coronavirus/
- Dallas County HHS website: https://www.dallascounty.org/departments/dchhs/2019-novel-coronavirus.php
- City of Irving Closures: https://www.cityofirving.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=7078
- City of Richardson Closures: https://www.cor.net/Home/Components/News/News/4784/73?backlist=%2f
- Collin County website: https://www.collincountytx.gov/healthcare_services/Pages/news.aspx
- City of Frisco Declares Public Health Emergency: https://friscotexas.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=850
- City of Plano Extends Public Health Emergency: 3-17-20 Council Extends Public Health Emergency_1 (1)
- Denton County website: https://dentoncounty.gov/Departments/Health-Services/Denton-County-Public-Health.aspx
- WHO Key Planning Recommendations for Mass Gatherings: https://www.who.int/publications-detail/key-planning-recommendations-for-mass-gatherings-in-the-context-of-the-current-covid-19-outbreak
American Hotel & Lodging Association also has put forth information and resources and will continue to monitor the latest developments tied to this virus issued by government and health officials. https://www.ahla.com/facts-about-coronavirus
- Toolkit - https://www.ahla.com/sites/default/files/Coronavirus%20One%20Pager.pdf
- Stay Safe - AHLA's enhanced industry-wide cleaning and safety standards in response to COVID-19: link
Texas Hotel & Lodging Association has helpful legal and safety information, governmental and news updates on this issue.
Texas Restaurant Association | https://www.txrestaurant.org/news/coronavirus-guidance-resources
- Texas Restaurant Promise: link
U.S. Travel is in close contact with authorities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Homeland Security and officials at several U.S. airports about ongoing developments.
- Toolkit: https://www.ustravel.org/toolkit/emergency-preparedness-and-response-coronavirus
- Industry Guidance for Promoting the Health & Safety of All Travelers: link
Letter to Governor Abbott to open meeting space from HANTX, Hotel Association of Tarrant County, Austin Hotel and Lodging Association of Austin, Hotel & Lodging Association of Greater Houston, and San Antonio Hotel & Lodging Association - link
Reopening Guidelines for Hotels (Guidelines prepared by Cozen O’Connor for the American Hotel and Lodging Association, April 14, 2020) - link
City of Dallas - Small Business Continuity Fund Program - link
CBRE's Overview of SBA's COVID-19 Relief Programs - link
CBRE's resource to provide perspective on the evolving situation, as well as implications for the real estate industry - https://www.cbre.com/covid-19
Paycheck Protection Program - Form
- Loan Forgiveness Application Instructions for Borrowers - link
- Updates to the PPP :
- Extend the “covered period” under which small businesses can spend the loan proceeds from eight weeks to 24 weeks, or until Dec. 31.
- Remove the limits on loan forgiveness for small businesses that were unable to rehire employees, hire new employees or return to the same level of business activity as before the virus.
- Expand the 25% cap to use PPP funds on nonpayroll expenses, such as rent, mortgage interest and utilities, to 40% of the total loan. That lowers the 75% requirement for payroll expenses to 60% to get maximum forgiveness.
- Allow small businesses to take a PPP loan and also qualify for a separate, recently enacted tax credit to defer payroll taxes, currently prohibited to prevent “double dipping.”
- Extend the loan terms for any unforgiven portions that need to be repaid from two years to five years, at 1% interest.
- Give small businesses more time to rehire employees or to obtain forgiveness for the loan if social-distancing guidelines and health-related actions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or other agencies prevented the business from operating at the same capacity as it had before March 1.
- Extend the period for when a business can apply for loan forgiveness, from within six months to within 10 months of the last day of the covered period, before it must start making interest and principal payments. Under the new bill, PPP loan interest and payment of principal and fees will be deferred until the loan is forgiven by the lender.
SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans - https://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/
Closing or Suspending Hotel Operations - Checklist from AH&LA - checklist
CMBS - Guide to what borrowers should know about requesting forbearance and relief for commercial real estate mortgages - https://www.crefc.org/cre/content/about/covid-19/borrowers-guide.aspx
Insurance -The NAIC has created a new brief specifically to help people understand those potential impacts on Heath, Travel, Life, Business Interruption, Event Cancellation, Workers’ Compensation, General Business Liability, and Directors and Officers Insurance, as well as Annuities - https://content.naic.org/sites/default/files/inline-files/Insurance%20Brief%20-%20Covid-19%20and%20Insurance.pdf
Sanitizing, PPE and COVID-19 Services provided by HANTX Members
Auto-Chlor System - XPRESS Detergent Disinfectant COVID-19
Blackmon Mooring & BMS CAT at 817-240-7185 - Coronavirus One-Sheeter - Blackmon Mooring
Carpet Tech - Carpet Tech COVID-19 PROTOCOLS
Corporate Building Services - COVID-19 Disinfecting Service - Corporate Building Services
DFW Safety First - Personal Protection Equipment - www.dfwsafetyfirst.com
FTK Construction Services - FTK Pandemic Response
Interstate Restoration - Call Interstate Restoration For Proactive Reactive Response to COVID19 (002)
Renue Systems of North Texas - Disinfectant Services
Signature Garment Care - Coronavirus Update
Versacor - MK11 Disinfection Service by Versacor
Zenith Roofing - Coronavirus Update