Open Frisco, Open Texas

On September 17, Governor Greg Abbott issued a revised Executive Order GA-30 (PDF) to ‘Open Texas All essential businesses remain open under the operating guidelines previously provided by the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  Read recommended state 'Checklist' here.

"At a glance" guide for your convenience:

These are a summary of the most recent actions provided below.  View a more complete listing of all State, County and City declarations, notices and orders here.

NEW - Governor Abbott Expands Capacity for Certain Services in Texas; Bars to open up to 50% (October 7, 2020) 

Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order to open bars and similar establishments at up to 50% in conjunction with county officials in qualifying counties, effective October 14, 2020. Executive Order GA-32 (PDF)  also increases occupancy levels for all business establishments other than bars to 75% (in qualifying counties).

  • Qualifying Counties are those that reside in hospital regions with low COVID-19 hospitalizations (less than 15% of hospital capacity) as defined in Executive Order GA-31 as amended.

*A state recommended ’checklist’ is provided for each business type, as well as a ’checklist’ for patrons.  For the Latest updates to these ’checklists’ please visit the Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas webpage. 

Outdoor gatherings: Request form (Updated - September 17, 2020)

Complete this form if the gathering does not meet any of these exclusions under paragraphs 1, 2, 3 and 5 of Executive Order GA-30 (PDF). Please allow 72 hours for review.
Request for Outdoor Gatherings Form

Frisco City Council Amends Emergency Ordinance, Extends Disaster Declaration

(September 15, 2020)  The Frisco City Council amended its Emergency Ordinance (PDF) continuing the Mayor's amended disaster declaration of public health emergency. This ordinance will remain in effect through October 6, 2020 unless extended by Council.

Masks Required Statewide in Public Spaces 

(July 2, 2020) Governor Abbott issued an Executive Order GA-29 (PDF) requiring all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces.  Exceptions include, but not limited to, children under 10; eating, drinking or seated in restaurants; exercising outdoors; swimming; and driving with family passengers. This order became effective July 3 at noon.  Read full release

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Open Frisco: Restaurants - Expanded outside dining options (Updated: June 18, 2020)

The City of Frisco is committed to helping restaurants open as safely as possible. Restaurant owners interested in temporarily expanding outdoor seating availability (PDF) to maximize capacity are welcome to contact Development Services. 

Please contact: Philip Climer, Building Official at 972-292-5338, or by Email.

Local Grants

Visit our Local Grants page to learn more about the City of Frisco county-based grants available to qualified Frisco residents and businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.   

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Open Frisco at a glance guide (Last updated September 18, 2020)

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Does My Business Qualify?

Use this City of Frisco tool to calculate your business capacity.

Access the tool here

Enter your business name or address and hit ‘return’. The tool will show your approved maximum occupancy and calculate your capacity. You’ll also find a color-coded column signaling whether you can ‘open’ under Phases I or II of the ‘Open Texas’ plan. Similar to a traffic signal, ‘Green’ means ‘Yes, you can open’. ‘Red’ means ‘No, you cannot open yet’ and ‘Yellow’ means ‘Slow down and call us.’

Need help? Call 972-292-6495 or email

If your business is listed but does not return an occupancy or you believe the occupancy is incorrect, you may submit a request for Maximum Occupancy Determination or Appeal to the Building Inspections Division for consideration by emailing the attached for to the email address above.  Maximum Occupant Load Determination Form (PDF)

Expedited Permitting Process

We are excited there is movement toward opening Texas businesses back up in a phased and safe manner. We’re providing information to assist businesses preparing to open as soon as possible after restrictions are lifted.

While the documents do not change any current emergency ordinance provisions in place, the documents do provide information about an expedited process for any permitting businesses that may need to re-open or continue to operate on a limited-service basis. Please feel free to contact us by email or phone (listed in the documents) with any questions. We look forward to assisting you!

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