An Overview of Occupancy Limits by Trauma Services Area

February 10, 2021 | Insights



By Brad Nitschke

After several months of tightening restrictions on Texas businesses meant to stem the spread of the coronavirus, in October 2020, Texas Governor Greg Abbott allowed many businesses to reopen at 75% capacity in Executive Order GA-32. However, in light of worsening COVID hospitalization rates in certain areas of the state, Governor Abbott limited reopening capacity for many businesses located in regions of the state with high COVID-19 hospitalization rates.

In multicounty regions known as Trauma Service Areas (TSAs), in which COVID hospitalizations accounted for more than 15% of total hospital capacity, most businesses were limited to 50% capacity upon reopening. Since October, many of the state’s TSAs reached the 15% threshold and were thus subject to the more restrictive 50% capacity threshold for many reopened businesses. See Jackson Walker’s summary of GA-32 for further information about businesses and other activities which are exempt from GA-32’s capacity limits.

In recent weeks, however, hospitalization numbers have improved in some areas of the state, allowing businesses some TSAs to bypass the 50% capacity limit in favor of the 75% capacity limit allowed by GA-32. The summary below compiles currently-available information about the GA-32 status of each of the state’s TSA regions. A complete list of counties in each TSA region is available here. Although care has been taken to verify this information, hospital capacity is reported on a daily basis and may change. Please contact a member of Jackson Walker’s Coronavirus Task Force for the most current information in your TSA.

TSA
Region
GA-32 Occupancy Limit for Qualifying Businesses
A Amarillo 75%
B Lubbock 75%
C Wichita Falls 75%
D Abilene 75%
E Dallas/Fort Worth 50%
F Paris 75%
G Longview/Tyler 75%
H Lufkin 50%
I El Paso 50%
J Midland/Odessa 75%
K San Angelo 75%
L Belton/Killeen 50%
M Waco 50%
N Bryan/College Station 75%
O Austin 75%
P San Antonio 50%
Q Houston 50%
R Galveston 50%
S Victoria 50%
T Laredo 50%
U Corpus Christi 75%
V Lower Rio Grande Valley 50%

For additional information on how the evolving limitations might affect you, please contact a Jackson Walker attorney and follow along at JW.com/Coronavirus.

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