Tourism Industry Resources

The Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau is committed to growing Abilene's travel economy; however, the health and well-being of our community, visitors, and team are a priority. 

Effective July 2: 

  • Governor Greg Abbott today issued an Executive Order requiring all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions. The Governor also issued a proclamation giving mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of over 10 people, and making it mandatory that, with certain exceptions, people cannot be in groups larger than ten and must maintain six feet of social distancing from others. 
  • View the Governor's Executive Order and Proclamation.

Effective June 26:

  • All bars and similar establishments that receive more than 51% of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages are required to close at 12:00 PM today, June 26, 2020. These businesses may remain open for delivery and take-out, including for alcoholic beverages, as authorized by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. 
  • Restaurants may remain open for dine-in service, but at a capacity not to exceed 50% of total listed indoor occupancy, beginning Monday, June 29, 2020.
  • Rafting and tubing businesses must close.
  • Outdoor gatherings of 100 or more people must be approved by local governments, with certain exceptions.

Effective June 3:

  • All businesses currently operating at 25% capacity can expand their occupancy to 50% with certain exceptions.
  • Bars and similar establishments may increase their capacity to 50% as long as patrons are seated.
  • Amusement parks and carnivals in counties with less than 1,000 confirmed positive cases may open at 50% capacity.
  • Restaurants may expand their maximum table size from 6 to 10 persons.
  • Outdoor meeting and event space: no occupancy limit for outdoor meetings and events, provided six-feet distancing is maintained.
  • Indoor meeting and event space: 50% occupancy limit provided six-feet distancing is maintained between parties.
  • Swimming pools (indoor or outdoor): 50 percent occupancy limit.
  • Waterparks: 50 percent occupancy limit.

Effective June 19:

  • Amusement parks and carnivals in counties with more than 1,000 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 may open at 50% capacity.

Special provisions have been made for outdoor gatherings, such as Fourth of July celebrations, but it is imperative that local officials and public health officials collaborate on safe standards. These provisions are included in the Governor's Executive Order and are also available on the Open Texas webpage.

 

All businesses should continue to follow the minimum standard health protocols from DSHS. For details and a full list of guidelines, openings, and relevant dates, click here.

Below are resources and COVID-19 toolkits for our partners to promote the health and safety of all travelers. We will continue to monitor the situation and current guidelines from state, city, and county health officials, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Employee Safety Protocols

In accordance with Governor Abbott's Strike Force to Open Texas, the following are the minimum recommended health protocols for Texas as outlined in the report.

Amusement Parks/Bowling Alleys/Video Game Facilities

Bars & Bar Patrons

  • All bars and similar establishments that receive more than 51% of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages are required to close at 12:00PM June 26, 2020. These businesses may remain open for delivery and take-out, including for alcoholic beverages, as authorized by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

Fine Arts Performance Halls

Golf Courses

  • Golf courses may operate. Golf course operators should require physical distancing and provide sanitation stations for golfers.

Hotels & Lodging

  • General hotel operations and accommodating overnight guests:  As with prior executive orders, GA-26 continues to allow hotels to accommodate overnight guests. Hotels are considered essential operations under the Department of Homeland Security’s “Guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers.”
  • Front desk clerks and other hotel staff should maintain appropriate physical distancing from guests. THLA and safety experts also recommend that hotel staff wear face-coverings and follow recommended national guidance. In other public areas such as elevators, hallways, corridors, etc., unrelated people should remain at least six feet apart from each other. If it is not possible for unrelated people to maintain at least six feet of distance in an area, such as in an elevator, hotels should restrict the number of people in the area at the same time.
  • GA-26 encourages individuals to wear appropriate face coverings. Additionally, hotel operators should understand that CDC guidance and the guidance of national hotel safety and security experts strongly recommend employees utilize face coverings. It is also recommended to encourage hotel guests to wear face coverings while in public places. 
  • Take Action: Know your coronavirus facts
  • Resuming Operations
  • Clean Thoroughly and Routinely: Cleaning, Disinfection and Hygiene
  • Download the the "Safe Stay" initiative protocols released by the American Hotel & Lodging Association
  • On June 3rd, Governor Abbott released Executive Order No. GA-26 regarding pools:
    • Indoor swimming pools may operate up to 50% of the total listed occupancy of the swimming pool facility and outdoor swimming pools may operate up to 50% of the normal operating limits as determined by the swimming pool owner. Swimming pools open at the discretion of the pool owner. 
  • This list will help strike the right messaging note with returning guests
  • Read the Texas Hotel and Lodging Association's guide on the Governor's order here, which includes information about what services and and should reopen
  • Valet Parking

Massage & Personal Care Facilities

Movie Theaters

Museums and Libraries

Outdoor Sports/Activities, Youth Camps/Clubs & Professional Sports

Parks/Beaches/Bodies of Water

Restaurants

Retailers

Waterparks

Wedding Venues