Essential Business

On April 1, Texas Governor Greg Abbott updated the State of Texas’ Executive Order relating to essential businesses during COVID-19. This order is based on guidance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and applies statewide.

All activities related to owning and operating residential real estate are considered essential. The federal guidelines include plumbers, electricians, exterminators, builders, contractors, HVAC technicians, landscapers, and other service providers who provide services that are necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences, businesses, and buildings such as hospitals, senior living facilities, any temporary construction required to support COVID-19 response.

This list was developed in consultation with federal agency partners, industry experts, and state and local officials, and is based on several key principles:

  • Response efforts to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Adherence to CDC, state, and local government orders limiting disease spread.
  • Workers should be encouraged to work remotely when possible.
  • Companies should focus on core business activities.
  • In-person, non-mandatory activities should be delayed; and
  • Rely on technology when possible.

If your employees or suppliers are unable to work remotely, then consider ways to accomplish the necessary task by:

  • only responding to emergency maintenance requests.
  • separating staff by off-setting shifts; and
  • social distancing.

Rental property owners/operators should immediately implement their business continuity and pandemic plans.  Delaying implementation is not advised and puts at risk the viability of the business and the health and safety of employees, residents, and suppliers.

Finally, all changes in business hours and procedures should be clearly communicated to employees, residents, and suppliers.

For more information, contact Perry Pillow at ppillow@aatcnet.org