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Posted on: December 22, 2020

New COVID-19-related restrictions in effect per governor’s order

Galveston, TX – December 22, 2020 – New restrictions are in place effective today, including reduced restaurant capacity to 50 percent, the closure of bars and the cancellation of elective surgeries, as part of Governor Abbott's executive order (GA-32.) 


Governor Abbott's order GA-32 states that once a certain hospitalization threshold is reached in our Trauma Service Area (TSA) these restrictions automatically go into effect. The threshold is seven consecutive days in which the number of COVID 19 hospitalized patients as a percentage of all hospital capacity exceeds 15 percent. The restrictions will stay in effect until there have been seven consecutive days of hospitalizations under the 15 percent threshold in our TSA.  The City and County are part of a larger TSA and as a result are being included as part of the latest restrictions, even though local rates are not exceeding the threshold.


The restrictions went into effect at 8 a.m. Tuesday, December 22. The City and the County will work to ensure local businesses affected by the newly imposed restrictions are aware of the Governor’s order.    


The City of Galveston asks for your help sharing the information to ensure all restaurants, bars and medical offices operating in Galveston are aware of the new restrictions. 


The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission will enforce bar closures through its licensing division. 

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