How to Find Square Footage for Occupancy Limits

Step 1 - Calculate Your Building's Square Footage

Calculate your building's square footage. (If you don’t know your square footage, you can find it using the Map link below the videos.)

Watch this informative video to learn how to find out the square footage of your business.

View a map to find out the square footage of your business.

Step Two - Determine Your Total Occupancy Limit

Determine your total occupancy limit using the formula below that best applies to your business type. 

Note: For the purposes of the Odessa Safe Guidelines, you may use the following occupancy recommendations. These are for COVID19 Response purposes only, do not override existing Building or Fire Codes, and are only in effect during the period of the declared COVID-19 Disaster.

In-Store Retail Services

  1. Gross Square Footage of Sales Floor ÷ 60 = Total Occupancy
  2. Total Occupancy × 0.5 = Current Allowable Occupancy of 50%

Enclosed Shopping Malls

  1. Gross Square Footage of Sales Floor ÷  60 = Total Occupancy
  2. Total Occupancy × 0.5 = Current Allowable Occupancy of 50%

Restaurants

  1. Total Number of Seating in Dining Area x 0.5 = Current Allowable Occupancy of 50%

Non-Essential Medical

  1. Gross Square Footage ÷ 100 = Total Occupancy
  2. Total Occupancy × 0.5 = Current Allowable Occupancy

Event Centers

Contact the Fire Marshal’s Office at 432-257-0522.

Movie Theaters

  1. Total Number of Seats per Theater × 0.5 = Current Allowable Occupancy of 50%

Museums & Libraries

  1. Gross Square Footage ÷  30 = Total Occupancy
  2. Total Occupancy × 0.5 = Current Allowable Occupancy of 50%

Bars

Bars must close by Noon on Friday June 26, 2020 until further notice.

Strike Force to Open Texas

For more information visit the Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas website.