Hays County Emergency Information


May 1 Occupancy Load Calculation for Unicorporated Areas Hays County

-April 2020+
Posted by Laurie Taylor Thursday, April 30, 2020 9:14:00 AM

Effective, May 1, the following may open at 25% capacity; retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters, malls, museums and libraries.

If you need to have the occupant load calculated for your business in the unincorporated areas of Hays County, please contact the Hays County Fire Marshal’s office at firemarshal@co.hays.tx.us .  They will calculate your maximum occupancy for you and you will be asked to post that maximum occupancy certificate inside your business.  Note: the occupancy will be calculated at maximum and you will do the correct percentage as the executive orders allow. 

The following are some suggestions on how to comply with the 25% rule. 

Retail stores – Keep track of the number of people you let in and stop allowing entrance when you achieve 25% of the occupancy.  As patrons exit, you can allow that same number of new patrons to enter.  Please remind patrons inside, waiting in lines inside and outside or at check out to maintain 6 feet of social distancing. 

Dine in Restaurants (less than 51%) – Move 75% of the tables and chairs out of the way if they are not fixed in place.  Do not block any exit pathways or exits.  We suggest that you space the remaining tables six feet apart to maintain social distancing.  Booths can be used every other booth.  For fixed tables and for the unused tables and chairs; rope off, tape off, plastic wrap, stack chairs/tables and place out of service signs on them.  You will not be allowed to add extra tables or chairs than what you had prior to shutting down.  This includes patios, outdoors, etc. 

Movie Theaters – You can place signs on chairs, rope off unused rows, bag seats, etc to achieve the 25% maximum.  Ushers should sit patrons in families/groups that came together and maintain 6 feet between groups. 

Libraries – Remove selected chairs and computers keyboards and mouse to maintain 6 feet social distancing between parties.  Monitor patrons as they enter and exit to achieve the 25% maximum.  Remind people in lines to maintain 6 feet distance. 

Governors Executive Order: https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-announces-phase-one-to-open-texas-establishes-statewide-minimum-standard-health-protocols?fbclid=IwAR07_y_z7ed1GgyuA1wtT7BWeKNzKPz_XdOc0MMpMW15Mt0MoIKHcFRc5_Q