Coronavirus

With the U.S. reporting an increased number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, it’s important that businesses of all sizes and sectors continue to monitor the situation and are as prepared as possible to protect the health of their workers. Please use this page to view the latest updates and resources.

Work Safe Program

As the  region moves to reopen our economy, it is important that we do so safely, sustainably and successfully. This must be a gradual and deliberate process; one that balances the health of our community with the need to reopen industry as we move toward a new normal. The business community has a vested interest in getting this right. We know Houston has the can-do spirit, positive attitude, and hearty resilience to be an example to cities around the world of what a successful, smart, and sustainable recovery looks like.

Rethink Reopen Rebound

The Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce is here to help support business efforts to safely reopen your business and help our area’s economy recover. We have crafted a series of questions to help you RETHINK how to REOPEN in order to safely & successfully REBOUND.

 

Reopen Houston Safely Report

Lake Houston Area Chamber collaborated with regional leaders as part of the Greater Houston Partnership’s initiative to produce the Reopen Houston Safely Report. This report uses the frameworks of federal and state guidance and considers the unique healthcare conditions and industry needs in the Houston region. These guidelines and resources are intended to support businesses as they reopen and remain focused on the steps needed to resume work safely, sustainably and successfully. 

Industry Best Practices for Reopening

To ensure the safe, sustainable and successful reopening of our local economy, the Partnership has curated these industry best practices and trade association guidance to help businesses develop plans to protect the health of their employees and minimize the risk of transmission of the COVID-19 virus. Businesses have a vested interest in getting this reopening right. They want to keep their employees and customers safe — and feeling safe.

General Guidance
JOHNS HOPKINS                                                       
Public Health Principles for a  Phased Reopening                                 
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OSHA
Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
 
CDC
Guidance for Workplaces
 
CDC
Guidance for Critical Workers
High Touch Sectors
NATIONAL RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION
Reopen Guidance
 
 
NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION
Operation Open Door Checklist
 
 
NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION
A Blueprint for Shopping Safe
 
 
KROGER
What We’ve Learned
 
 
PROFESSIONAL BEAUTY ASSOCIATION
Back to Work Guidelines
 
TARGET
SAFE Retail: Considerations for Retail Operations Post COVID-19
Industrial Sector
AMERICAN PETROLEUM INSTITUTE
COVID-19 Mitigations for Offshore Energy Operations

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AMERICAN GAS ASSOCIATION
Industry Resource Page

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ASSOCIATION OF GENERAL CONTRACTORS
Coronavirus Resource Page

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AMERICAN PETROLEUM INSTITUTE
Pandemic Resources & Information

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TEXAS CONSTRUCTION ASSOCIATION
 
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF MANUFACTURERS
American Renewal Action Plan

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Office/Knowledge Sectors
BUILDING OWNERS AND MANAGERS ASSOCIATION
Getting Back to Work: Preparing Buildings for Re-Entry Amid COVID-19

View Guidance

 
TECHNOLOGY SERVICES INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION
The Pandemic Playbook for Technology Solution Providers

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CBRE
Reopening the World’s Workplaces

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TRANSWESTERN
The Workbook for Back to the Workplace Readiness

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Healthcare Sector
AMERICAN NURSES ASSOCIATION
COVID-19 Resource Center

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AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
Guide for Private Practices

View Guidance (Registration Required)

 
AMERICAN DENTAL ASSOCIATION
Reopen Toolkit

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AMERICAN HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION
Resources to Address COVID-19

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CENTERS FOR MEDICARE & MEDICAID SERVICES
Recommendations for Re-opening Facilities to Provide Non-emergent Non-COVID-19 Healthcare

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Logistics/Transportation Sector
TECHNOLOGY MAINTENANCE COUNCIL
Cleaning Best Practices

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ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN RAILROADS
COVID-19 Facts & Guidance

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Small Business Sector
US CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Small Business Toolkit

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NATIONAL FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESSES
Small Business Resources in Response to Coronavirus

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Education Sector
TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY
COVID-19 Support and Guidance

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CDC
Guidance for Schools and Child Care Programs

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Social Service Sector
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS
Social Work Safety

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MICROSOFT
Guide for Nonprofits

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CDC
Guidelines for Child Care Centers

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Governor’s Report To Open Texas

Governor Abbott released the Report to Open Texas, which lays out the plan for reopening a group of closed businesses across the state in a phased approach. The plan calls for allowing many customer-oriented businesses, such as restaurants and retail stores, to reopen initially on May 1st, with restrictions on capacity in place. Governor Abbott plans to loosen the capacity restrictions and allow the opening of additional businesses in mid-May, provided Texas does not see a surge in cases. Governor Abbott announced further guidance for the reopening of other sectors on May 5.

On May 18, Governor Abbott announced that the state is ready to begin the next phase of reopening, issuing guidance for expanded capacities of select industries and the reopening of additional sectors including child care offerings, recreational activities and bars. Access the full report via the link below and find guidance for specific industries and allowable open dates.

The Governor issued the following Executive Orders to effectuate the plan:

  • Executive Order No. GA-18 relating to the expanded reopening of services as part of the safe, strategic plan to Open Texas in response to the COVID- 19 disaster.
  • Executive Order No. GA-19 relating to hospital capacity during the COVID-19 disaster.
  • Executive Order No. GA-20 relating to expanding travel without restrictions as part of the safe, strategic plan to Open Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster.
  • Executive Order No. GA-21 relating to the expanded reopening of services as part of the safe, strategic plan to Open Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster
  • Executive Order No. GA-22 relating to confinement during the COVID- 19 disaster
  • Executive Order No. GA-23 relating to the expanded opening of Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster.
  • Executive Order GA-23, as amended by the May 22, 2020 proclamation
  • Executive Order No. GA-24 relating to the termination of air travel restrictions as part of the safe, strategic plan to Open Texas in response to the COVID-19
    disaster
  • Executive Order No. GA-25 relating to the closing of county and municipal jails to in-person visitation in response to the COVID-19 disaster.

Small and Medium-Sized Business Resources

SBA: 3 Step Process for Disaster Loans

Follow this guide to apply for Disaster Assistance

 

Free Tools, Resources, and Financial Help for Business Owners Hit by Covid-19

Several companies are extending a hand to small-business owners navigating the coronavirus crisis.

Resources for Houston startups and small businesses during COVID-19 shutdown19

Organizations have leapt at the chance to help their fellow Houstonians, and a number of resources have appeared to provide aid to startups, from advice and resources to grants.

Houston Area SBA Lenders

List and link to all SBA lenders in the Houston Area

Main Street Lending Program

As a result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security (CARES) Act, the Federal Reserve has created the Main Street Lending Program to provide a total of $600 billion in financing for small and medium-sized businesses. While the program’s start date has yet to be announced, here’s what you need to know to check eligibility and get ready to apply.

CARES Act: Paycheck Protection Program

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act allocated $350 billion to help small businesses keep workers employed amid the pandemic and economic downturn.

Harris County COVID-19 Forgivable Loan Program

This is a first-come, first-serve program funded with $10 million in forgivable loans up to $25K; Businesses must be located in Harris County. 

Coronavirus Small Business Survival Guide

Resources for small businesses compiled by the US Chamber including toolkits and financial relief options.

Interim Guidance for Implementing Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers

This interim guidance pertains to critical infrastructure workers, including personnel in 16 different sectors of work who may have had exposure to a person with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.

SBA Disaster Assistance

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

SBA Daily Webinars

The SBA Houston District Office provides the latest information from SBA to help small businesses with their economic recovery from the effects of the Coronavirus.

 

Office of Texas Governor Business Resource Site

COVID-19 updates, resources and information  compiled by the Office of Texas Governor.

U.S. Dept of Labor Resource Site

The U.S. Department of Labor has resources to help workers and employers prepare for the COVID-19 virus (also known as novel coronavirus).

Texas Workforce Commission Coronavirus Resources

State resources including information for employers impacted by COVID-19. 

Public Health Resources

Harris County Resources

Our community plays a vital part in helping  stem the spread of COVID-19. The county has compiled an overview that includes screening tool, public health resources, Stay at Home Order and other pertinent resources.

Harris County Disaster Recovery

Updates, housing and financial assistance, mental health and other general information to assist during Coronavirus. 

COVID-19
Houston Resource Pack

List of resources compiled by UH/Community Resource Center that includes testing centers, general health, food assistance, and volunteer opportunities county wide.

The Texas Department of State Health Services 

DSHS is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in responding to the new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID‑19) that is causing an outbreak of respiratory illness worldwide. Includes case counts, Texas Executive Orders & Public Health Disaster Declaration and other resources.

City of Houston Emergency Operations Center

Updates of local cases and resources around the City of Houston

COVID-19 Screening Locations

Things to consider when looking for a
drive-thru testing site and test results.

World Health Organization

Global case updates, travel advise and more from WHO

US Center for Disease Control & Prevention

Latest information from the CDC on the US response to the coronavirus. 

John Hopkins: Case Dashboard

Live look at confirmed cases around the world by country and region.

Lake Houston Area Community 

#LHAOpen4Biz 

LHAC has created a website specifically for  businesses operating during COVID-19. Take a quick survey to be listed on a webpage that is promoted via social media. 

Humble ISD

Humble ISD schools closed through Friday, May 1. Online learning and meal distribution will continue while buildings are closed.

City of Humble

In an effort to be proactive in combating the prevalence and spread of COVID-19, effective Monday, March 23 city facilities will be closed to the public until further notice. Includes a list of closures and more information.

Interactive MAP to Restaurants Open during Coronavirus

Guide provided by Community Impact Newspapers to Lake Houston-area restaurants offering takeout, delivery, curbside and alcohol to-go

Lone Star College- Kingwood

Lone Star College-Kingwood facilities are closed through April 30. LSC Online classes resumed March 23 and all remaining online classes resume April 13. Learn more about how LSC is responding to this developing situation.

US Congressman Dan Crenshaw: Coronavirus Updates and Resources

Resource page updated on the latest coronavirus developments including National and Texas resources.

Recent News

May 27, 2020: Governor Abbott Announces Additional Services And Activities That Can Open Under Phase II

May 21: 2020: Governor Abbott, CVS Health Announce 44 New COVID-19 Drive-Thru Test Sites In Texas

May 18,2020: Governor Abbott Announces Phase Two To Open Texas

May 5: 2020: Governor Abbott Expands Business Openings In Texas

April 30, 2020: Governor Abbott Announces New TWC Guidance For Unemployment Claimants

April 27, 2020: Governor Abbott Announces Phase One To Open Texas

April 23, 2020: SBA to Businesses: Act Quick on New Round of Federal Funding

April 22, 2020: Harris County residents required to wear face coverings for 30 days

April 21, 2020: Senate passes $484 billion coronavirus bill for small business and hospital relief

April 17, 2020: Governor Greg Abbott’s executive order issued  will keep classrooms closed to students throughout Texas for the remainder of the school year

April 17, 2020: Gov. Greg Abbott announces plan to reopen Texas

April 15, 2020: Governor Abbott, Harris County Judge Hidalgo Joint Statement On New Walgreens Testing Sites

April 14, 2020: Harris County Precinct 4 brings mobile testing sites to Tomball, Humble

April 13, 2020: Goldman Sachs, LiftFund partnership will release $50 million in loans for Texas small businesses

April 9, 2020: Harris County releases Small Business Loans for Economic Assistance 

April 7, 2020: Governor Abbott Announces Temporary Closure Of State Parks And Historic Sites

April 1, 2020: Paycheck Protection Program Launches Friday April 3

March 31: Judge Hidalgo Extends Stay At Home Order Through April 30

March 31: Humble ISD Extends Closure Through May 1

March 31: Governor Abbott Issues Executive Order, Implements Statewide Essential Services And Activities Protocols

March 25, 2020: White House, Senate Reach $2 Trillion Stimulus Deal

Latest Updates