Environmental Health Guidance for COVID-19

On March 19, 2020, Dr. John Hellerstedt, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, declared a public health disaster in Texas, because COVID-19 “has created an immediate threat, poses a high risk of death to a large number of people, and creates a substantial risk of public exposure because of the disease’s method of transmission and evidence that there is community spread in Texas.”<!--EndFragment-->  

How does COVID-19 Impact Permitted Food Establishments in Smith County? 


Our Environmental Health Department asks for your patience while processing applications, conducting inspections, and answering your questions.

COVID-19 has affected all aspects of everyone's lives. Our Office at Environmental Health continues to provide excellent service . . . it just may take a bit longer than usual. 

We want our staff and your employees to be safe while we all perform our duties to protect the public health of your customers and your employees.


For specific details for the Governors Executive Order provisions, please visit: Gov.Texas.Gov  

NET Health permit holders will need to complete our Pre-Opening Checklist in order to ensure restaurant readiness.  This questionnaire includes links to resources that will aid your establishment to provide sit-down dining options to your customers.  Select this link to download the full checklist.

City of Tyler Occupancy Calculator.  City of Tyler Occupancy Load Guide


Retail Food Establishments shall operate as instructed because this is an essential function.(Refer to Smith County Order g. Essential Business. iii. vii. xiv.)


Child Care Facilities can remain open and are encouraged to be available to care for children of essential workers.(Refer to Smith County Order g. Essential Business. xxii.)


Public Pools, Spas & PIWF are public, social venues and should remain closed during this time.

For any further inquiries about the Smith County Order, contact 903-590-4605

For any NET Health permit related questions, contact 903-535-0037


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