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Posted on: March 17, 2020

City closing public entertainment venues and limiting food services, per federal guidelines

Mayor Jim Yarbrough on Tuesday enacted two orders closing public amusement venues, including bars, and limiting restaurants to take-out, delivery and drive-thru services, following federal guidelines regarding Coronavirus and public gatherings.


The order requires the closure of public amusement venues operating within the City of Galveston. The second order limits restaurants to take-out, delivery and drive-thru only, effective 5 a.m. Wednesday, March 18, 2020. Hotel restaurants will still be able to serve guests only. The order also closes bars, effective at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, 2020.


This includes museums and theme parks, such as the Pleasure Pier, and other large attractions, such as Moody Gardens. The orders were signed into effect by the Galveston Mayor on Tuesday, as permitted under the emergency declaration enacted Monday, as authorized by the Texas Government Code Chapter 418.


This decision is intended to reduce the risk of community spread and protect the health of our residents. The decision is prompted by the first confirmed case of community spread in Galveston County. By state law, the order will be in effect for seven days, effective immediately.


“These decisions do not come lightly, but are the most prudent we can make at this time,” Mayor Jim Yarbrough said. “This is not to create panic, but is out of an abundance of caution to meet the CDC guidelines and the guidance we have received from the medical community about social distancing.”


The latest federal guidelines were released Monday and include:
• Avoid gatherings of more than 10 people. 

• Avoid discretionary travel like shopping trips and social visits. 

• Avoid bars and restaurants and food courts -- instead use drive-through, pickup and delivery options. 

• Do not visit aged care facilities. 

• If you work in health care, pharmaceutical or food supply, "you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule."

• If someone in your house has tested positive, the entire household should stay home. 

• Older people and those with underlying health conditions should stay home.


The administration has called for these guidelines to be in effect for 15 days in an effort to flatten the curve of the virus – meaning reducing the number of infections to prevent overwhelming medical care services. The City of Galveston is following the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control and the federal government to reduce the spread of COVID-19. We continue to closely monitor the situation and will continue providing regular updates to the public.

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