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COVID-19 Resources

TxA has compiled these COVID-19 resources to assist you as you navigate these difficult times. We will update this page as new information develops.

COVID-19 Resources

TxA has compiled these COVID-19 resources to assist you as you navigate these difficult times. We will update this page as new information develops

Latest Information

Actions Taken 

July 2020: TxA joins other members of the Texas Business Roundtable in support of Governor Abbott’s executive order requiring face coverings. Read Letter. 

March 25, 2020: TxA EVP/CEO James T. Perry issues letter to Governor Abbott requesting consideration for clarification and recognition of architects as essential service providers. Read Letter.

March 24, 2020: TxA joins other trade associations in a letter to Governor Abbott requesting issuance of an executive statement to create consistency and clearly declare what services and operations are considered essential as local governments roll out stay at home orders. Read Letter.

March 24, 2020: The Texas Business Roundtable (TBR) issues letter to Governor Abbott seeking uniform guidance on critical infrastructure and essential service businesses for every jurisdiction in the state to follow. Read Letter.

A Message from TXA President, Connie Rivera, AIA

A Call for Action 

Latest Executive Orders and Announcements

Added 6/27: Texas Pauses Reopening (www.gov.texas.gov)

Added 6/18: See All Current Orders and updates (www.gov.texas.gov)

Added 6/3: Governor Abbot Announces Phase III to Open Texas (www.gov.texas.gov)

Added 5/26: Governor Abbott Expands Phase Two to Open Texas (www.gov.texas.gov)

Added 5/19: Minimum Standard Health Protocols: Checklist for Office-Based Employers (www.gov.texas.gov)

Added 5/19: Governor Abbott Announces Phase Two to Open Texas (www.gov.texas.gov)

Added 5/5: Governor Abbott Lays Out New Timeline (Austin Business Journal)

Added 4/28: Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order No. GA-18 Relating to the Expanded Reopening of Services (www.gov.texas.gov)

Added 4//27: Governor Abbott’s Strike Force Releases Plan to Open Texas (www.gov.texas.gov)

Tips From Our Members

National Resources

General Information 

AIA Releases Re-Occupancy Assessment Tool to Limit COVID-19 Exposure (Architect Newswire)

 AIA Outlines How People can Safely Return to Work (Dezeen)

Forge Craft Responds to Coronavirus Pandemic with Design for Modular Medical Unit (TxA Blog)

Added 5/5:  How Co-Working Spaces Could Succeed in the Post-Pandemic World (CNBC.com)

TxA Webinar Series: COVID-19 and its Impact on Small Firms

Keep Architects-in-Training Busy (Archpaper)

Two-Thirds of Texas Construction Companies Have Projects on Hold (Houston Business Journal)

The 6 Feet Office: Helping you Adjust to a New Normal (Cushman & Wakefield)

 TxA Webinar Series: Economic and Real Estate Outlook With COVID-19

 After Coronavirus: The Office of the Future is the Office of the Past (CNBC)

 How Coronavirus Could Change Urban Design (NPR)

How Architects can Stop COVID-19 from Being Transmitted Indoors (Fast Company)

How COVID-19 is Affecting Construction Projects (National Law Review)

How Michael Hsu’s Firm Plans to Weather Downturn (Austin Business Journal)

 When Will Each State Peak? (NPR)

COVID-19 Architecture Firm Best Practices, Communications, and Polices (Practice of Architecture)

 AIA’s COVID-19 Task Force publishes design guide for retrofitting buildings for hospital use (Archinect.com)

HKS Architects Create Plans to Convert Hotels Into Hospitals 

Coronavirus Construction Limits: State by State Tracker (Architect Newswire)

CDC in Action

CDC COVID-19 Fact Sheets

CDC  COVID-19 Resources

Community Mitigation Strategy

Federal Government Responses

Get the Facts About COVID-19

National League of Cities Local Government Response Resources

U.S. Department of Labor – COVID 19 General Information

U.S. EEOC Guidance

U.S. SBA Disaster Assistance in Response to the Coronavirus

Working Remotely Without Losing Your Mind

World Health Organization on COVID-19

Information for the Workplace

Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

U.S. Department of Labor – COVID-19 and the Workplace

U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division – FLSA and FMLA Guidance

COVID-19 and Your Mental Health

COVID-19 Resource Guide/National Alliance on Mental Illness 

COVID-19: The Hidden COVID-19 Crisis

COVID-19: Mental Health Checklist

COVID-19: Psychosocial Impacts

Manage Anxiety and Stress 

Mental Health and COVID-19

Resources for Coping with Mental Heath and COVID-19

Texas Resources

State Declarations

Added 4/21: 2020 State COVID-19 Executive Order Exemptions (AIA)

Added 4/17: Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order No. GA-15 Relating to Hospital Capacity during COVID-19 (www.gov.texas.gov)

Added 4/17: Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order Related to the Safe, Strategic Opening of Select Services (www.gov.texas.gov)

Added 4/17: Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order to Establish StrikeForce to Open Texas (www.gov.texas.gov)

Added 4/14: Revised Order sets out new safety requirements for all construction projects in the City of Austin (Allensworth and Porter)

Added 4/1: Comprehensive list of County Orders 

Added 3:31: Governor Abbott’s Latest Executive Order

Added 3/30: How Will the COVID-10 Relief Package Affect Architects? (Architectural Record)

Declaration of a Public Health Disaster in the State of Texas

Executive Order No. GA-08: COVID-19 Preparedness and Mitigation

Governor Abbott Postpones Runoff Primary Election In Response to COVID-19

Governor’s March 20,2020 Executive Order

State Health Commissioner Public Health Disaster Declaration

City & County Responses / Orders 

New 4/2: City of Austin Will No Longer Prohibit Commercial or Residential Construction Projects (Allensworth & Porter)

New 3/31: Executive Order GA-14 Overrides Inconsistent Local COVID-19 Policies (Allensworth & Porter)

New 3/31: Governor Overrules Disparate Local Rules Banning Numerous Construction Projects (Allensworth & Porter)

New 3/31: Travis County & City of Austin Issue Contradictory Guidance for the Construction Industry (Allensworth & Porter)

NEW 3/27: Legal Update – City of Austin Orders Shutdown of Construction Projects (Allensworth & Porter)

NEW 3/25: City of Austin Construction Guidance

NEW 3/25: City of Austin Shelter-in-Place & Construction Statement

Arlington, Ft. Worth, Colin and Denton Counties Issue Stay-at-Home Orders

Dallas County Issues Shelter-in-Place Order

Harris County Stay at Home Order

San Antonio / Bexar County Issues Shelter-in-Place Order

Travis / Williamson County Issue Shelter-in-Place Orders

Waco Disaster Declaration, Shelter in-Place-Order

Other Texas Resources

NEW 3/27: COVID-19 & Construction FAQ (Allensworth and Porter)

AIA Resources

Licensure Information

Business Advice and Legal Issues

Working Remotely