General guidelines

  • Work safe

    When possible, workers should work remotely. Federal Reserve Bank-Dallas estimated 48% of regional jobs are eligible for remote work.

  • Share

    Share with your employees, customers, and the community how you are protecting your employees and patrons.

  • Be Austin

    Businesses should employ innovative methods to protect the health and safety of employees, customers, and visitors.

Austin Chamber: Re-opening your office space - What you need to know

An expert panel provided legal and property perspectives on how businesses may begin to reopen their office space.

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Key resources

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    The CDC has provided guidance for specific industries and a guide on whether reopening a physical space is right for your business.

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  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) developed this COVID-19 planning guidance based on traditional infection prevention and industrial hygiene practices.

    Read more (PDF)
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce

    The U.S. Chamber has provided sector-specific guidance from some of the leading industry associations and government sources.

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  • Governor's Strike Force to Open Texas

    The Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas will safely and strategically restart and revitalize all aspects of the Lone Star State—work, school, entertainment, and culture.

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Downloadable signage

These downloadable signs are available in multiple languages, including Spanish and Vietnamese.


  • City of Austin

    The City of Austin has provided downloadable signage in multiple languages that you can post at your workplace.

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  • State of Texas

    The Texas Department of State Health Services has provided printable signage.

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  • Department of Labor

    The U.S. Department of Labor has provided downloadable signage in multiple languages that should be posted in workplaces.

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Sample health and safety policy

Travis County has provided the following sample health and safety policy for businesses to model when adapting their own plans.

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Top task force picks

The following guides are examples of best practices directly from businesses in the community.

  • Savills: A Holistic Approach to Workplace and Operational Management
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  • Accenture: Return-to-the-Office Plan
    Download (PDF)
  • Accenture: Return to Office Playbook
    Download (PDF)
  • Accenture: 5 Priorities to Help Reopen and Reinvent Your Business
    Download (PDF)
  • Traditional office: Back to Work Protocols
    Download (PDF)
  • Home Builders Association of Greater Austin: Updates & Resources
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  • International Economic Development Council: Restore Your Economy
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  • Global Biorisk Advisory Council
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  • Lt. Gov of Texas: Texans Back to Work Task Force
    Download (PDF)
  • Ford: Return to Work Non-Manufacturing Playbook
    Download (PDF)
  • Downtown Austin Alliance: Safety Measures
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  • Cushman & Wakefield: 6 Feet Office
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  • Back to Work Toolkit
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  • Lear: Safe Work Playbook
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  • Texas Mutual: Coronavirus resources and recommendations
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  • Texas McCombs MBA Health Innovation Fellows & Austin Healthcare Council: COVID-19 recovery for the Austin healthcare ecosystem
    Download (PDF)
  • Texas Restaurant Association: Texas Restaurant Promise
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  • Newmark: COVID-19 Return to Work Platform
    Download (PDF)