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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Mayor Yarbrough issues emergency declaration over Coronavirus

GALVESTON, TX – March 16, 2020 – Mayor James Yarbrough on Monday signed a Declaration of a Local State of Disaster related to the emergence of the Coronavirus (COVID-19.)

Mayor Yarbrough signed the declaration out of an abundance of caution. This declaration ensures local taxpayers are reimbursed for certain expenses accrued by the City of Galveston as a result of the Coronavirus. The declaration also preserves the City’s right to take future actions deemed necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19. However, no additional actions are being considered at this time.

Governor Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster in Texas on Friday, March 13 as there are more than 50 confirmed cases of the virus. As of this time, there has been one presumed positive case in Galveston County.

“Similar to other parts of the country, the City of Galveston is faced with a public health threat and our first priority is protecting the health and safety of our community,” Mayor Jim Yarbrough said. “With this declaration we are able to take actions necessary to meet that priority.”

At this time, the City of Galveston has ceased permitting for special events with 50 or more people through May. For the next 15 days, the City of Galveston is strongly discouraging any group gatherings of 10 or more people at any location, per new guidelines The White House on Monday. The new CDC guidelines are available at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

All departments remain open for business; however, the City of Galveston has made provisions to conduct City business online or on the phone. For more information, please visit www.galvestontx.gov/coronavirus.

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