Business and Industries

Guidance for Businesses and Industries

The measures taken to promote the health and well being of employees may differ depending on the industry in which businesses are based. To help these businesses transition throughout the response to COVID-19, a selection of guidance documents and resources are available below for download. Select documents may be available in multiple languages. 

Resources are organized based on topic. Click on the options below to jump to each section or scroll down to view more.






IMPORTANT: Guidance For Returning To Work After COVID-19 Illness Or Exposure

Please see the following resources for returning to work in non-healthcare settings following COVID-19 isolation or quarantine. This includes those individuals who may or may not have experienced symptoms but have tested positive for COVID-19 as well as those who were exposed to COVID-19 without wearing the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Return To Work Guidance English | Spanish


Download Business Toolkit

A comprehensive toolkit of guidance documents, signage, etc. are available for download in a single package. Download HCPH COVID Business Toolkit.zip (Updated 6/5/20, 3 PM CT) and explore other resources below.




COVID Reopening Benchmarks

On June 11th, Harris County Public Health (HCPH) and Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo released public health recommendations to better understand how to safely reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Leading Harris County: Benchmarks for a Healthy Community guide outlines this process. 

To see the newest benchmarks, please click here.

COVID Reopening Benchmarks



Available Signage

Select graphics are available for download to help both customers and staff alike adhere to any protocols currently in place within your business.

Printable Sign: Customers Do Not Enter
Social Distancing Floor Decal
Temperature Check Notice
Printable Sign: Customers Should Wear Face Coverings / Face Masks
Printable Sign: How Customers Can Protect Themselves and Others From COVID-19



General Guidance

Resources for the public as well as those that may apply to multiple industries can be found below. Documents available in this section are also available by topic in the sections below.

For additional documents that pertain to employee guidelines and communicating protocols, refer to the Available Signage and Information for Management resources.

To view comprehensive materials for general guidance, refer to the General Public Guidance resources.

Guidance on Cleaning and Disinfecting
Guidance for Using Masks (PDF)
Guidance for Grocery Shopping (PDF)
Social Distancing and the Breathing Zone: Why 6 FT of Distance?
How Long Does COVID-19 Last On Surfaces?
Guidance for Essential Businesses
Guidance for Employee Workstations
Guidance for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Sequence
Encourage Staff Testing
Reopening Guidance / FAQ for Managers (Non-Healthcare)
Temperature Check Procedure
Stationary Testing: Acquiring Test Results
Guidance for Self Isolation
Guidance for Employees Working During COVID-19
Guidance for Employers
Reduce the Spread - How Face Masks Work



Information for Management

Select resources are available for staff management purposes.

Guidance for Using Masks (PDF)
Social Distancing and the Breathing Zone: Why 6 FT of Distance?
Guidance for Essential Businesses
Guidance for Employee Workstations
Encourage Staff Testing
Encourage Staff Testing
Reopening Guidance / FAQ for Managers (Non-Healthcare)
Temperature Check Procedure
Guidance for Self Isolation
Guidance for Employees Working During COVID-19
Guidance for Employers
Reduce the Spread - How Face Masks Work



Beauty Salon Industry

Resources for Beauty Salons can be found below. For additional documents that pertain to employee guidelines and communicating protocols, refer to the Available Signage and Information for Management resources..

Reopening Guidance for Beauty Salons



Construction Industry

Resources for Construction can be found below. For additional documents that pertain to employee guidelines and communicating protocols, refer to the Available Signage and Information for Management resources..

Guidance for Construction
Construction Worksite Tips



Dental Providers

To help control the spread of COVID-19, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Dental Settings During the COVID-19 Response. This guidance should be used with CDC’s Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for patients with COVID-19. This information supplements, but does not replace, the general infection prevention and control (IPC) recommendations for COVID-19.

Resources for Dental Providers can be found on the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) website for Dental Settings

For additional documents that pertain to employee guidelines and communicating protocols, refer to the Available Signage and Information for Management resources.




Educational Services

Resources for Educational Services, including Early Education, can be found below. For additional documents that pertain to employee guidelines and communicating protocols, refer to the Available Signage and Information for Management resources.

Guidance for Early Care & Education
Guidance for Museums and Libraries



Entertainment and Recreation Industries

Resources for Entertainment and Recreation can be found below. For additional documents that pertain to employee guidelines and communicating protocols, refer to the Available Signage and Information for Management resources.

Guidance for Movie Theaters
Guidance for Museums and Libraries



Event Planning

Resources for Event Planning can be found below. For additional documents that pertain to employee guidelines and communicating protocols, refer to the Available Signage and Information for Management resources.

Guidance for Wedding Venues



Faith and Worship Services

Resources for Faith and Worship can be found below. For additional documents that pertain to employee guidelines and communicating protocols, refer to the Available Signage and Information for Management resources.

Guidance for House of Faith/Worship
Reopening Guidance for Places of Worship and Non-Profit Food Services



Fitness and Exercise Facilities

Resources for Exercise Facilities, such as gyms and studios, can be found below. For additional documents that pertain to employee guidelines and communicating protocols, refer to the Available Signage and Information for Management resources.

Guidance for Exercise Facilities (e.g., Gyms, Studios)



Food and Beverage Industry

Resources for Food and Beverage can be found below. For additional documents that pertain to employee guidelines and communicating protocols, refer to the Available Signage and Information for Management resources.

Guidance for Food Establishments (PDF)
Guidance for Dining Rooms
Reopening Guidance for Places of Worship and Non-Profit Food Services
Reopening Guidance for Bars



Funeral Homes

Resources for Funeral Homes and Funeral Directors can be found on the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) website.

For additional documents that pertain to employee guidelines and communicating protocols, refer to the Available Signage and Information for Management resources.




Healthcare and Social Services

Resources for Healthcare, Social Services, First Responders, and related industries can be found below. For additional documents that pertain to employee guidelines and communicating protocols, refer to the Available Signage and Information for Management resources.

To view comprehensive materials for healthcare - in particular, those that apply to Healthcare Professionals and Frontline Workers - refer to the Guidance for Healthcare Professionals resources.

Guidance for Homeless Shelters (PDF)
Guidance for Assisted Living (PDF)
Guidance for First Responders (PDF)
Guidance for Care Givers (PDF)
Healthcare Professionals Working During COVID-19
First Responders & Coping With Stress
Guidance for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Sequence



Manufacturing Industry

Resources for Manufacturing and associated facilities can be found below. For additional documents that pertain to employee guidelines and communicating protocols, refer to the Available Signage and Information for Management resources.

Reopening Guidance for Manufacturing



Meat and Poultry Processing Industries

Resources for Meat and Poultry Processing and associated facilities can be found below. For additional documents that pertain to employee guidelines and communicating protocols, refer to the Available Signage and Information for Management resources.

Guidance for Meat & Poultry Plants



Retail Industry

Resources for Retail can be found below. For additional documents that pertain to employee guidelines and communicating protocols, refer to the Available Signage and Information for Management resources.




Safety Measures and Protocols

Resources for Safety Measures can be found below. For additional documents that pertain to employee guidelines and communicating protocols, refer to the Available Signage and Information for Management resources.

Social Distancing and Self-Monitoring (PDF)
Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks (PDF)
Guidance on Cleaning and Disinfecting
Guidance for Using Masks (PDF)
Social Distancing and the Breathing Zone: Why 6 FT of Distance?
Guidance for Safe Sex Interactions
Domestic Violence Resources
Reducing Risk for Older Adults
How to Treat Mild Symptoms at Home
Proper Use of Masks, Risk Factors
Guidance for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Sequence
Temperature Check Procedure
Guidance for Self Isolation
Guidance for Employees Working During COVID-19
Guidance for Employers
Reduce the Spread - How Face Masks Work



Supermarket and Grocery Industries

Resources for Supermarkets, Grocery Stores, and other Food Retail establishments can be found below. For additional documents that pertain to employee guidelines and communicating protocols, refer to the Available Signage and Information for Management resources.

Guidance for Grocery Shopping (PDF)



Transportation Industry

Resources for Transportation, including Public Transportation, can be found below. For additional documents that pertain to employee guidelines and communicating protocols, refer to the Available Signage and Information for Management resources.

Guidance for Public Transportation



Veterinarian Services

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) provides an FAQ page specifically for veterinarians and veterinary clinics on COVID-19. AVMA has additional resources and information that are updated frequently at avma.org/coronavirus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also provides interim guidance for public health professionals managing the home care and isolation of people with COVID-19 who have pets or other animals in the same home. Visit the CDC web page for more information.

Resources for Veterinarians compiled by HCPH can be found below. For additional documents that pertain to employee guidelines and communicating protocols, refer to the Available Signage and Information for Management resources. 

Guidance for Veterinarians



Wedding Industry

Resources for the Wedding Industry can be found below. For additional documents that pertain to employee guidelines and communicating protocols, refer to the Available Signage and Information for Management resources.

Guidance for Wedding Venues