Texas Governor Greg Abbott Expands Open Texas Strategies

On May 18, Governor Greg Abbott revised his Report to Open Texas and included expansions to previously enacted orders. 

The City has adopted the Governor’s orders and reopening guidelines. We’ve compiled some quick takeaways from Governor’s most recent executive order and Open Texas checklists. - View Highlights

For more information and all the checklists visit


  1. City of New Braunfels
  2. Comal County
  3. Guadalupe County

May 22, 2020 - The City has adopted the Governor’s orders and reopening guidelines. We’ve compiled some quick takeaways from Governor’s most recent executive order and Open Texas checklists. - View Highlights

May 15, 2020 - State Mandated COVID-19 Testing at New Braunfels Nursing Homes Begins Next Week
State-mandated COVID-19 testing of all residents and staff at nursing homes across the State of Texas has begun, including here in New Braunfels. - Read the full release

May 7, 2020 - Governor’s Amended Order Paves Way to Reopen River Parks with Restrictions
Following amendments announced this week to Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s Plan to Reopen Texas, the City of New Braunfels can now announce the reopening of the city’s river parks and some other facilities, with limitations and restrictions designed to protect the health and safety of the public. - Read the full release

April 30, 2020 - City Adopts Governor’s "Open Texas" Plan
Following this week’s release of the Report to Open Texas by Governor Greg Abbott, the City of New Braunfels is adopting that plan and revoking all previous City orders issued since the initial disaster declaration. Read the Signed Orders

April 17, 2020 - City Orders Already in Line with Governor’s Executive Order
April 12, 2020 - Public Forums: Download Presentation or View District Forum Video Recordings
April 10, 2020 - Collaborative Effort Leads to Availability of COVID-19 Testing
April 6, 2020 - City Continues COVID-19 Hotline
April 3, 2020 - All City Parks to Close for Easter Weekend
April 3, 2020 - City Announces Affected Business Resource Center & Impact Survey
April 1, 2020 - Mayor Issues Second Supplement to Stay Home, Work Safe Order - View Orders
March 31, 2020 - Governor Abbott Issues GA-14, Essential Services Designation
March 29, 2020 - Governor Abbott Expands Mandatory Quarantine Measures, Addresses Hospital Capacities
March 27, 2020 - Stay Home, Work Safe Supplemental Exemptions Issued - View Orders
March 26, 2020 - Governor Abbott Announces Mandatory Quarantine for Arriving Air Travelers
March 24, 2020 - City Issues Stay at Home, Work Safe Order
March 22, 2020 - COVID-19 Closure Order Amended
March 19, 2020 - City Issues COVID-19 Closure Order
March 19, 2020 - City Cancels 2020 Wein & Saengerfest
March 17, 2020 - Disaster Declaration Issued by Mayor
March 15, 2020 - Update on Municipal Facilities
March 4, 2020 - New Braunfels Prepared for Coronavirus

If you own or operate a business that has been affected by the Coronavirus, we want you to know the City is here to help. We have published a list of available relief mechanisms and business resources on our website at

  1. City Department Updates

New Braunfels Parks & Recreation
Visit the Parks & Recreation COVID-19 Website for Updates

Emergency Management
Partial Activation, open from 8:00am – 5:00pm. Monday - Friday

New Braunfels Public Library
Staff is working remotely and available via email,, or text, 830-625-4804, Monday through Friday 9am – 6pm

New Braunfels Civic/Convention Center
Events through May 30 have been postponed or cancelled.

Planning & Development Services
Many services through this department are available online here: Planning & Development Website. Otherwise, all contact with Planning and Development Services will take place through a phone bank located in the lobby of City Hall. There will be no lapses in service and employees stand eager to continue to serve the public.

Solid Waste & Recycling
Curbside collection for residential garbage, recycling, and green waste is running on normal schedule.
Collection for commercial garbage is running on normal schedule.
The City Recycle Center is open regular hours

Municipal Court
If you have a court date in April or May, you might be eligible for a virtual court hearing.

  • Submit a request to
  • Include your photo ID with your email and docket or citation #
  • Include your PLEA to the violation(s): Guilty, Not Guilty or No Contest
  • Make sure you have a functioning camera and microphone or your laptop, desktop, tablet or phone.
  • If your case is eligible for a virtual hearing, you will receive further instructions by email from the court. 

City Manager
No services affected at this time

City Secretary
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City Attorney
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New Braunfels Regional Airport
No services affected at this time

All late fees for late Hotel Occupancy Tax payments are waived. After 90 days past due, properties will be charged 15% of the assessed taxes. More information is available here.

New Braunfels Fire Department
As part of our response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, the New Braunfels Fire Department has implemented a modification to its response for COVID-19 /potential COVID-19 calls for service, by standing up a Fire Department Clinician line.  This line, which will be staffed by fire department paramedics 24 hours a day, provides an extra layer of triage to screen patients and further evaluate the need for an ambulance.  Those in acute crisis will have an ambulance dispatched to their location, while those that are not, will be referred to more appropriate non-EMS/non-hospital services.  This process is being done to ensure the most efficient use of our medical resources, and reduce the potential for unnecessary exposures, during these unprecedented times. - View Helpful Health Information

New Braunfels Police Department
No services affected at this time

Human Resources
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Information Technology
No services affected at this time

Public Works
No services affected at this time