Galveston public beaches will open Friday, May 1 with social distancing recommendations.
On March 17, 2020, the GLO gave approval for local governments to close beaches due to COVID-19. The basis for the GLO approval was the Governor’s State of Disaster proclamation on March 13, 2020. The proclamation was followed by Executive Order GA-16, which will expire at 11:59 pm on April 30, 2020. The Governor’s Office has also issued Executive Order GA-18, which encourages outdoor activities so long as necessary precautions are maintained to minimize the transmission of COVID-19 and to minimize in-person contact with people who are not in the same household. Therefore, the GLO is rescinding its approval for local governments to close beaches due to COVID-19, effective April 30, 2020 at 11:59 pm.
The state and the City of Galveston encourage the public to follow the recommended individual health protocols outlined by the Texas Department of Health and Human Services at https://www.dshs.state.tx.us/coronavirus/opentexas.aspx