Mayor's Office of Special Events
On Tuesday, September 1, Houston joined cities from coast to coast, to turn buildings, bridges and entertainment venues “red” in support of the live special events industry. The pandemic has had a devastating impact on this industry. Organizers of the nationwide effort, #WeMakeEvents, is a group of national entertainment industry professionals calling on Congress to pass the RESTART Act to offer economic relief to those in the Live Special Events Industry, many who have not worked since venues were shuttered in March because of COVID-19.
In support of the industry and to help raise awareness about the #RedAlertRESTART campaign, the City of Houston and number of its partners lit up the city.
The City of Houston is committed to increasing mitigation measures to combat potential health risks associated with public gatherings. Therefore, in addition to standard event requisites, the measures have been approved by Dr. David Persse, Public Health Authority and will be required by the producer prior to being issued approval, support and/or a permit. The Mayor’s Office of Special Events will accept proposals for consideration and will work with Dr. Persse and his team to ensure that the health and safety guidelines are met. Safety Protocols for Event Planning during the COVID-19 Pandemic has been approved and available for review below.
We have created a health survey for approved events. Simply link the survey to your ticket page and instruct all attendees to take the survey the day of the event. This survey is not for the general public.
Go to the Health Survey page
Frequently Asked Questions page coming soon.
These protocols are very extensive and producers must meet the criteria in order to be considered for approval. Guidelines are subject to change as additional resources and recommendations become available.
Go to the Safety Protocols (.pdf)