The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is the federal entity charged with determining essential businesses under the COVID-19 pandemic. According to CISA, as referenced in the Governor’s Executive Order GA-14, effective 12:01 a.m., April 2, all dealerships may repair, lease, and rent motor vehicles.

After discussions with the Governor’s office, with regard to local orders, if those orders allow a dealership to sell, you should continue to do so pending clarification regarding statewide sales.

TADA is seeking a Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) election for all automobile dealerships as an essential service. This would clarify the ability for dealerships to sell vehicles in Texas.

We are hopeful to know more in the next 24 – 48 hours.