Reopening Guidance Documents

Reopening Guidance Documents

As businesses and institutions begin to reopen, reopening guidelines should be referenced to ensure that any and all procedures are followed to keep both staff and clients safe. These guidelines may differ based on the industry in which the business operates.

Guidance documents for specific sectors can be found in the sections below with resources for general operating procedures as well as Occupancy Limits. 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 (Brief) English | Spanish | Korean | Vietnamese | Arabic

Return To Work Guidance (Extended) English


2020 - 2021 School Year Updates

Please view the School Guidance and Updates resources for the latest news on in-person instruction and reopenings in Harris County.


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 (Updated 8/11/20)



General Guidance

When reopening, there may specific guidelines that apply to multiple industries, building occupancy, or other elements that may be applicable to multiple sectors. This section details those documents. Similar information may be found in the Occupancy Limits, Available Signage, and/or Information for Management sections as well.

Guidance for Construction
Guidance for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Sequence
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
Business Guidance for Mitigating the Spread
Reduce the Spread - How Face Masks Work



Occupancy Limits

The Harris County Fire Marshal can help determine occupancy. If you do not know the occupancy of your facility, please contact the Harris County Fire Marshal Office at 713-274-1700 or [email protected]. For more information, visit www.hcfmo.net/records/.




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



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 Employee Workstations
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
Business Guidance for Mitigating the Spread
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.

Guidance for Using Masks (PDF)
Social Distancing and the Breathing Zone: Why 6 FT of Distance?
Temperature Check Procedure
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 Using Masks (PDF)
Social Distancing and the Breathing Zone: Why 6 FT of Distance?
Guidance for Construction
Construction Worksite Tips
Temperature Check Procedure



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 Using Masks (PDF)
Social Distancing and the Breathing Zone: Why 6 FT of Distance?
Guidance for Early Care & Education
Temperature Check Procedure
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 Using Masks (PDF)
Social Distancing and the Breathing Zone: Why 6 FT of Distance?
Guidance for Movie Theaters
Temperature Check Procedure
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 Using Masks (PDF)
Social Distancing and the Breathing Zone: Why 6 FT of Distance?
Temperature Check Procedure
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 Using Masks (PDF)
Social Distancing and the Breathing Zone: Why 6 FT of Distance?
Guidance for House of Faith/Worship
Temperature Check Procedure
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 Using Masks (PDF)
Social Distancing and the Breathing Zone: Why 6 FT of Distance?
Temperature Check Procedure
Guidance for Exercise Facilities (e.g., Gyms, Studios)
Reopening Guidance for Visiting Parks



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 Using Masks (PDF)
Social Distancing and the Breathing Zone: Why 6 FT of Distance?
Guidance for Dining Rooms
Temperature Check Procedure
Reopening Guidance for Bars



Manufacturing Industry

Resources for Manufacturing 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 Using Masks (PDF)
Social Distancing and the Breathing Zone: Why 6 FT of Distance?
Guidance for Employee Workstations
Temperature Check Procedure
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 Using Masks (PDF)
Social Distancing and the Breathing Zone: Why 6 FT of Distance?
Guidance for Meat & Poultry Plants
Guidance for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Sequence
Temperature Check Procedure



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.

Guidance for Using Masks (PDF)
Social Distancing and the Breathing Zone: Why 6 FT of Distance?
Guidance for Employee Workstations
Temperature Check Procedure



Wedding Industry


Resources for the Wedding Industry, such as venues and vendors, 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 Using Masks (PDF)
Social Distancing and the Breathing Zone: Why 6 FT of Distance?
Temperature Check Procedure
Guidance for Wedding Venues