Summer Season Kicks Off Memorial Day Weekend
Memorial Day weekend has long been considered the official start to summer in Galveston but amid the coronavirus pandemic, it looks and feels very different this year. While businesses and attractions are beginning to open, the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) encourages travelers to remain vigilant in protecting themselves and others from the coronavirus. Translation: Let’s all behave!
When it comes to visiting Galveston’s beaches, whether you live here or are visiting, social distancing is key. At beaches along the seawall you can look to the sky for best practices as a plane towing a banner will be circulating overhead reminding people to stay six feet apart. (Imagine your tall friend lying in the sand. Stay that far apart.)
For real. Some businesses require and/or ask you to wear a mask when you visit their store. Just do it.
Here’s the inside scoop if you plan to visit the island this weekend:
- Galveston’s beaches are open to the public. They reopened on May 1 following the lifting of stay-at-home mandates brought about because of the coronavirus pandemic. The parks – including East Beach, Stewart Beach, Dellanera RV Park, Seawall beaches and west-end beaches are open and offer chair/umbrella rentals.
- Restaurants may expand their occupancy to 50% beginning May 22. Bars—including wine-tasting rooms, craft breweries, and similar businesses—may open at 25% occupancy. But, like restaurants, these occupancy limits do not apply to outdoor areas that maintain safe distancing among parties. It’s a good idea to contact restaurants and bars individually because schedules can vary.
- Many retail shops, clothing stores, specialty shops and galleries will be open at a limited capacity. Shop like a local and take advantage of places offering online shopping, curbside pick-up, and local delivery. Visit Historic Downtown for a plethora of options in one location. For more information on store hours and online offerings check the businesses’ Facebook pages or visit the Galveston.com shopping and art gallery guides.
- Moody Gardens attractions open Saturday, May 23. Visitors can enjoy the Aquarium Pyramid, Rainforest Pyramid, MG3D Theater, 4D Special FX Theater, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: An Interactive Adventure, Colonel Paddlewheel Boat, and the new Dinos Alive exhibit.
- Many other museums and attractions around the island have also begun opening their doors as the phased approach to re-open Texas is under way. This includes the Tall Ship ELISSA, 1892 Bishop’s Palace, Pier 21 Theater, Moody Mansion, The Bryan Museum and more. As re-opening continues, capacity, sanitation procedures and hours of operations are being updated daily, please visit the museums’ and attractions’ individual websites for current offerings.
- Plan your visit and stay in one of our hotels or vacation rentals across the island. Visit Sunday-Thursday for reduced rates and fewer crowds.