COVID-19 Rules Published by the Office of the Texas Governor for Certain HOA Amenities as of 5.5.2020


On May 5, Governor Abbott issued an executive order to expand openings of certain businesses and activities, and specifically impacts HOA amenities such as pools and gyms.


Open Date

  Capacity Limits and Requirements

Indoor Pools  

May 8, 2020


25 percent of the total listed occupancy of the pool facility

Outdoor Pools  

May 8, 2020


25 percent of normal operating limits as determined by the pool operator

Gyms, Exercise Facilities and Classes  

May 18, 2020


25 percent of the total listed occupancy of the gym or exercise facility (staff members are not counted)

Locker rooms and shower facilities must remain closed, but restrooms may open

Equipment spaced to allow at least 6 feet of separation between patrons

Regularly/frequently clean and disinfect any regularly touched surfaces (e.g., doorknobs, tables, chairs, restrooms)

Disinfect any items that come into contact with customers

Provide equipment cleaning products throughout the gym or exercise facility or class for use on equipment, including dead weights

Make hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, soap and water, or similar disinfectant readily available

Place visible signage at the gym or exercise facility or class to remind everyone of best hygiene practices

For facilities with 10+ employees present, consider having an individual dedicated to compliance


Wear gloves that fully cover from the wrist to the fingers while exercising

Disinfect any equipment before and after use, including exercise machines and dead weights

Equipment brought by the user must be disinfected before and after use (e.g., yoga mats)

Splash Pads  



People shall avoid visiting . . . interactive amusement venues such as . . . water parks, or splash pads


NOTE: Additional training requirements apply to gym/exercise facility staff. In addition, social distancing and isolation requirements for individuals with symptoms will still apply. The information linked above should be carefully reviewed and is subject to change. The information herein should not be considered as, or as a substitute for, legal advice, and is are not intended to nor will it create an attorney-client relationship with Winstead PC. Since the materials included here are general, they may not apply to your individual legal or factual circumstances. COVID-19 facility decisions should be made in consultation with legal counsel.  


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