Mardi Gras is a time for celebration but this year it is a time for enjoying ourselves in a manner that is respectful of the health and well-being of our community. Galveston has a proud history when it comes to Mardi Gras and we also have a history of coming together as a community when we are faced with difficult challenges.
The annual Mardi Gras! celebration was canceled this year in response to concerns about the ongoing pandemic and the inability to hold the usual festivities in a safe manner. Even without the typical revelry, there have been new traditions created to celebrate the season safely. For instance, one such event is the Krewe of Saint’s House Floats self-guided tour (kreweofsaints.org.)
During this season, we want to remind our residents and any visitors of the Governor’s orders in place for the safety of the community.
“This year’s Mardi Gras is one of these times when our actions are so important in maintaining the safety of others. Vaccines are slowly becoming more available, but until we reach a time when COVID-19 is under control the need to follow the Governor’s orders not only protects us and our families but also our visitors and the rest of our community,” Galveston Mayor Craig Brown said.
The state’s restrictions are available in detail at open.texas.gov. In brief, the following items in the Governor’s order (GA-32) are currently in effect:
- Facial coverings: Masks or other facial coverings over the nose and mouth are required when in public spaces wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another individual not in the same household, except when seated at the restaurant to eat or drink.
- Special events: Any outdoor event of more than 10 people require a COVID-19 plan and mayoral approval.
- Restaurants in the Houston metro area (including Galveston) are operating at a 50 percent capacity with COVID-19 restrictions, such as requirements for staff to wear face coverings.
- Bars are closed, with the exception of those with special food permits.
“Enjoy a safe and socially-distanced Mardi Gras season, and thank you in advance for celebrating in a manner that is respectful of everyone on the island. We look forward to again hosting this event once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted,” Brown said.