COVID-19 Updates & Resources

This information is not intended to provide legal advice, nor be the authority on COVID-19 updates, and we cannot guarantee real-time updates on every matter.  We provide this information as a courtesy for you to use in conjunction with your due diligence. 


Industry Operations

The COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in adjustments to municipal operations throughout our region. The  HBA staff is closely monitoring how cities and utilities are responding in our 7-county service area. We are urging all jurisdictions to find a way to continue core business functions and are recommending best practices to help with workarounds as necessary.

Recent Updates

Travis County Approves New Order with Implications for the Construction Industry; Goes into Effect August 14 (8.5.20)


COA  Announces New Orders (7.14.20)


Critical Need to Adhere to Safety Standards at the Job Site

During these challenging times, there will be much scrutiny of home builders and trade professionals.
In order to ensure the home building industry maintains its exemption from Shelter in Place Orders.

Safety Information and Sample Documents

  • Job site Safety Videos
    • NAHB Watch
    • U.S. Hispanic Contractors Association
  • Sample Safety Protocols Document from HBA Member Cumby Construction Download


Financial Information


City and County Updates

The Google document links below contain the latest information  from our service area. Please check back frequently for changes. If you choose to make comments on the Google doc you MUST include where you found that information (e.g,  citation, authority, link, website, etc,).

Click here for Cities Stay at Home Orders and other COVID-19 related ordinances


Click Here for Opening Updates by City and County


Click here for Construction Industry FAQ



(For Governor’s Order See ‘State’ below)


  • Face Masks Now Required  for Austin-Travis County Businesses (6.23.20) Read
  • COA Announces New Orders (7.14.20) Read
  • Stay Home, Mask, and Otherwise Be Safe Order (6.23.20) Read

  • Stay Home – Work Safe Orders

    • Stay Home – Work Safe Order (5.8.20) Read
    • Stay Home – Work Safe Order (4.14.20) Read
    • Supplemental Guidance for the Construction Industry (4.2.20) Read
    • Supplemental Guidance for the Construction Industry (3.30.20) Read
    • Guidance for the Construction Industry (3.24.20) Read
    • Stay Home – Work Safe Order (3.24.20) Read
    • Contact The Austin City Council and Travis County Commissioners Court Read
  • Development Services Department (DSD)

Bastrop County

  • Digital Submission Memo (3.31.20) Read
  • Bastrop County Official Stay Home – Work Safe Ordinance (3.31.30) Read

Burnet County

Hays County

Travis County


  • Face Masks Now Required  for Austin-Travis County Businesses (6.23.20) Read
  • Gathering of Individuals Order (6.25.20) Read
  • Governor Orders Residential Construction as Essential Business (3.31.20; Effective 4.2.20) Read
    • Supplemental Guide for the Construction Industry (4.3.20) Read
    • TAB Summary of Governor’s Executive Order Read
    • Winstead Attorneys’ Summary of Governor’s Order Read
  •  FAQ (3.31.20 ) Read
  • Stay Home – Work Safe Orders
    • Stay Home Work Safe Orders (5.8.20) Read 
    • Stay Home Work Safe Orders (4.13.20) Read 
    • Guidance for the Construction Industry (3.30.20) Read
    • Stay Home – Work Safe  Orders (3.24.20) Read
  • Travis County Web Site

Williamson County


Regulatory Updates



  • Governor Establishes Statewide Face Covering Requirement, Issues Proclamation To Limit Gatherings (7.2.20) Read
  • Governor Announces Closures Due to COVID Spike (6.25.20) Read


HBA Updates

Effective May 18, HBA Staff will be back in the office following state safety measures.
All Council and Committee meetings continue to take place virtually until further notice.
All other events are rescheduled or cancelled until further notice.
We will continue to monitor the situation and send updates regarding future events.


  • 3,000+ Association’s Letter to Congress Requesting 501(c)(6) Financial Assistance Read
  • HBA Letters Regarding DHS CISA Memorandum 2.0 Regarding Essential Critical Infrastructure, Specifically Designating Residential Construction (3.31.20)
    • Letter to Austin Mayor Adler Read
    • Letter to Travis County Judge Eckhardt Read
    • Letter to State Officials Read
  • Form Letter Template and Email Addresses to Contact Your Elected Officials Read/Download
  • Letter from HBA & Local Industry Associations to Travis County and City of Austin (3.25.20) Read
  • Letter from the HBA to County and City Leaders (3.22.20) Read
  •  Webinar: “Rights and Realities of Business Owners, Employers, Landlords and Tenants During Corona Virus 2020″(3.25.20)
  • Resources for Reopening Your Business (5.14.20)
    • Going Back to Work – The Most Expensive Mistakes You can Easily Avoid Download
    • Essential Employment Law Checklist Download
    • Essential Contracts Checklist Download
    • Essential Brand and Mark Checklist Download

HBA Email Updates

News Coverage





Other Helpful Links & Information


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