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On Dec. 28, Brazos County Judge Duane Peters received notification from the Texas Department of Health and Human Services (DSHS) that Trauma Service Area N (in which Brazos County is located) has surpassed the limit set forth by Gov. Abbott in Executive Order GA-32.

New restrictions are now in effect for Brazos County due to COVID-19 hospitalizations exceeding 15% for seven consecutive days.

  • BARS - Any establishment which has more than 51% of gross receipts from the sale of alcohol must close to in-person dining. Drive-through, pickup and delivery options for food and drinks are allowed to the extent provided by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. 
  • OTHER BUSINESSES - Any establishment that otherwise would have a 75% occupancy limit must operate at up to only 50%. Visit for the complete list.
  • SURGERIES - Elective surgeries, as defined in Executive Order GA-31, must be rescheduled unless they “would not deplete any hospital capacity needed to cope with the COVID-19 disaster.”
Restrictions will be eased when TSAs reach seven consecutive days in which the number of COVID-19 hospitalized patients as a percentage of total hospital capacity is below 15%.

While the Governor and TABC both offer an appeal process for this reduction of capacity, Brazos County does not qualify. Per the DSHS, to qualify for this exemption, Brazos County must have fewer than 30 total cases of COVID-19 reported over the last 14 days.


Gov. Abbott's Executive Order GA-30 includes a series of protocols related to public and private gatherings, including limits on occupancy. Until otherwise modified, rescinded, or superseded by the governor, outdoor gatherings in excess of 10 people (excluding those listed in paragraphs 1, 2, 3, and 5 of GA-30), occurring within the corporate limits of the City of College Station, must be pre-approved by the Mayor. This action supersedes Executive Order GA-28, which was issued on June 26, 2020, and amended by proclamation July 2, 2020.  

If you want to have an outdoor gathering with more than 10 people, you will need to file an application at least 5 business days prior to the planned gathering. 

>> Click here to learn more and to download the application.


On June 25, Mayor Karl Mooney signed an emergency order requiring face coverings to be worn inside College Station businesses. The order went into effect at 6 a.m. on June 29 and will remain in effect until terminated by the College Station City Council or the Mayor's Declaration of Disaster is terminated, whichever occurs first.

Please review the following for further direction:
>> Click here to read the full order
>> Click here to read the FAQs.  |  Spanish Version

Here are signs that you can print and post for your business: English Version  |  Spanish Version 

If you have any questions or need to report violations of the order, please contact our Code Enforcement Division by calling at 979.764.6363, emailing, or reporting online through SeeClickFix.


To view all establishments and services allowed to open, their limited occupancy limits and the recommended minimum health protocols per Gov. Abbott's executive orders, visit the Open Texas webpage. Additional protocols can be made to help protect the health and safety of all employees and customers. 

Click here to view a list of most assembly-type businesses in College Station. If your establishment is not listed, you are then permitted to allow only one person per 60 square feet of indoor space. For any other questions or to request additional square footage or occupancy information, please call 979.764.3570.


As the community transitions from responding to recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, the cities of Bryan and College Station, Brazos County and the Brazos County Health District have formed the BCS Operation Restart Task Force. A key initiative of the task force is to quickly develop and execute a recovery program tailored to each specific business sector that is aligned with federal and state public health guidelines. This program will use communication kits, checklists and signage outlining key public health safeguards and actions each business can take to fight the spread of COVID-19. Click here to learn more. 


Offers free, confidential, one-on-one business advising. BVSBDC can also assist with applying for the SBA Disaster Loan, as well as helping business owners understand the new acts being put into law. Advisors are conducting appointments via phone, email, and Zoom Conferencing. BVSBDC can be reached at 979.260.5222 or Click here to learn more.  


The City of College Station and the Bryan Business Council partnered with the Brazos Valley Council of Governments to create a Bridge Loan Program to assist small businesses that have seen a substantial reduction in revenue due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Small businesses need short-term working capital to cover essential expenses such as payroll, rent, and utilities. Here's a video about the program. Learn more at 


The City of College Station has received an additional $400,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant funds that the city council has allocated for the Economic Assistance Grant Program. The program is designed to help small businesses impacted by COVID-19 and to prevent job losses. Grants of up to $50,000 will be made available to micro-enterprises or small businesses and involve no fees but must be used to retain at least one full-time equivalent, permanent job for each $35,000 in funds. Applications are open during two rounds — now through Jan. 6 and Jan. 11-Feb. 3. Businesses may receive no more than one grant per calendar year. Grants are available based on the business’s number of full-time employees. Click here to learn more. 


The Texas Workforce Commission encourages employers to enroll in the Shared Work program as an alternative to layoffs. The voluntary Shared Work program was developed to help Texas employers and employees withstand a slowdown in business such as the impact of COVID-19. Visit for more information.


On March 27, the President signed into law the CARES Act, which contains $376 billion in relief for American workers and small businesses. In addition to traditional SBA funding programs, the CARES Act established several new temporary programs to address the COVID-19 outbreak.

>> Paycheck Protection Program
>> EIDL Loan Advance
>> SBA Express Bridge Loans
>> SBA Debt Relief

Visit for complete details on each option.


   •  CDC's Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers

   •  Coronavirus Small Business Issues and Solutions Guide

   •  BCS Chamber of Commerce

   •  U.S. Chamber of Commerce

   •  U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Guide

   •  Resources to Help Your Small Business Survive

   •  Texas Comptroller Emergency Business Assistance

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