Coronavirus Updates

The Real Estate Council is closely monitoring news and updates about the ongoing COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic, as the health, safety, and well-being of our members remains our greatest priority. In the days, weeks, and months ahead, TREC will monitor local, state, and federal responses to the pandemic and how they impact the commercial real estate industry.

If you have a resource you’d like for us to share, please contact Bill San Antonio.

The Real Estate Council’s office will remain closed until further notice. Staff will be available via phone and email.

TREC is hosting board and committee meetings via conference call or video conferencing. Please contact your TREC staff liaison for more information.

Reopening Texas

In early September, Dallas County officials lowered the color-coded coronavirus threat level to orange for the first time since May following a sustained decrease in deaths and hospitalizations stemming from the virus.

According to county statistics published by the Dallas Morning News, daily COVID-related hospital visits declined from about 500 in early August to 400 by month’s end, while confirmed COVID-19 hospital patients dropped from 800 to 400. County officials also evaluated the availability of coronavirus testing, masks, and sanitizing products in announcing the lowered threat level.

Under the lowered threat level, the following activities are considered safe for healthy people under age 65:

  • Dine-in restaurants and food courts with low occupancy and social distancing enforced
  • Barbershops, nail and hair salons at 25 percent capacity, with strict cleaning procedures and social distancing
  • Shopping
  • Small religious gatherings and funerals ideally with fewer than 10 people spaced six feet apart
  • Zoos, arboretums, and concerts with limited attendance, social distancing, and strict cleaning procedures
  • Museums and libraries with social distancing and less than 25 percent capacity
  • Golf and running with social distancing and no shared equipment
  • Non-contact sports limited to four people
  • Camping in small groups and emphasizing outdoor activity

People should still avoid:

  • Nonessential travel
  • Bars
  • Bowling alleys unless social distancing and strict cleaning procedures are in place
  • Live entertainment unless social distancing is possible
  • Movie theaters unless the theater is at 25 percent capacity and theaters allow seating for social distancing between patrons
  • Home repair
  • Gyms though outdoor fitness classes and personal training are permitted with social distancing
  • Swimming unless physical distancing
  • Soccer, baseball, basketball, and football unless played within a household

Abbott had introduced a multi-phase reopening plan in late April and formed a state “strike force” to help restart the economy, but cases surged throughout the state during the summer.

More Information

Returning to Work: What You Need to Know

Additional Commercial Real Estate Industry Resources

How You Can Help

  • There are several ways to support The Real Estate Council Foundation’s neighborhood revitalization work in the Forest District as part of the Dallas Catalyst Project. Learn more and donate here.
  • One of the simplest ways you can contribute is by shopping with Amazon Smile and selecting TREC Foundation or TREC Community Fund as your organization of choice to donate .5 percent of your purchase of select items. 
  • You can also directly support our Dallas Catalyst Project partners:
  • DISD is seeking volunteers to help distribute packaged meals to students and their families. Register here.
  • Dallas Morning News Charities has launched a fundraising campaign to support organizations that aid the hungry and homeless here in North Texas. Learn more about the initiative here and donate here.
  • The Communities Foundation of North Texas is accepting donations that will support organizations working with communities most affected by COVID-19/coronavirus. Learn more here.
  • The North Texas Food Bank is creating 60,000 family meal boxes each week, employing workers who have lost income as a result of the pandemic, and partnering with other organizations and the City of Dallas. Learn More here.
  • You can donate to the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas coronavirus Response and Relief Fund, which will address the immediate and urgent needs of North Texas residents, here.