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.

Breaking News:


Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton Responds to COA and Travis County’s Most Recent Stay-at-Home Orders (5.12.20)

Read Complete Letter


Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order To Expand Openings Of Certain Businesses and Activities


Governor’s Plan to Open Texas – Phase One (4.27.20)


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
  • Stay Home – Work Safe Orders
    •  Stay Home – Work Safe Order (4.14.20) Read


Financial Information


City and County Updates

The Google document links below contains 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 Opening Updates by City and County


Click here for Construction Industry FAQ


Click here  for COVID-19 City and County Updates



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

  • 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

  • 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
  • Travis County 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




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


Industry Investors

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