GA-14 Essential Services Designation

Follow these steps to determine whether your business is an “essential service”
as defined by Texas Executive Order GA-14

1.) Is your company covered by one of the 17 Sectors on the DHS Critical Infrastructure List?

A.) A requestor must read through this entire document before making a request:

Click here for DHS Guidance

2.) Are you providing a religious service in a church, congregation, or house of worship?

A.) This sector is considered “essential service” under Texas Executive Order GA-14. If religious services cannot be conducted from home or through remote services, they should be conducted consistent with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC by practicing good hygiene, environmental cleanliness, and sanitation, and by implementing social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

3.) Request a determination from The Texas Division of Emergency Management.

A.) Only if you have determined that your business is not covered by one of the critical sectors identified in the DHS Guidance, and is not a church/congregation/house of worship – please apply using the form below for a determination by the Texas Division of Emergency Management.

Per Texas Executive Order GA-14 the following are NOT considered “essential services”

  • Cosmetology Salons
  • Gyms
  • Massage Establishments
  • Tattoo Studios
  • Piercing Studios
  • Eating/Drinking Inside of Bars/Restaurants/Food Courts
    • The use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options for food and drinks is allowed and highly encouraged throughout the limited duration of the executive order.

Visit the Texas Department of Emergency Management Essential Services site at to apply for a determination by the Texas Division of Emergency Management.