Updates on COVID-19 for Galveston Island
Updated by Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau
Galveston Beaches will be closed July 3-5, 2020
Face Masks Required in Galveston Effective June 23
In recent days, the number of COVID-19 cases in Galveston County has risen sharply. In order to ensure that Galveston Island will continue to attract visitors, shoppers and restaurant goers, it is important to enforce health and safety mandates.
Effective June 23, all residents and visitors to Galveston Island and over the age of 10 must wear a mask or face covering when in a place of business and whenever maintaining social distancing requirements is not possible.
Face coverings may be removed when:
- Consuming food or drink
- When at the beach or exercising outside
- While in a building that requires security surveillance such as a bank
- While driving along or with passengers of the same households
- While pumping gas or operating outdoor equipment
- When doing so poses a greater mental or physical health, safety or security risk
Galveston’s beaches and beach parks are open.
Effective June 26, bars have been closed by Governor Abbott.
Tourist attractions, restaurants, shops and historic sites are open with restrictions on capacity. Please contact individual businesses for more information.
All who come to the beaches must maintain social distancing – staying at least six-feet apart from others, not gather in large groups and to wear face coverings when possible.
Galveston Island Beach Patrol and the Galveston Police Department will actively enforce social-distancing mandates at the beaches.
The Galveston Park Board staff has updated its health and safety protocols and has adopted rigorous cleaning procedures at its parks and facilities.
Monitoring the Situation
Cases in the county continue to rise. For the latest COVID-19 updates, visit the Galveston County Health District (GCHD) website.
Cruise Passengers: Port of Galveston:
For updates from the Port of Galveston and the cruise industry, visit: https://www.portofgalveston.com/243/Travel-Update
Center for Disease Control (CDC) Guidelines
We recommend everyone follow these CDC guidelines to proactively promote their health and prevent illness: such as cleaning hands often and avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
CDC Healthy Travel Practices:
- Wash your hands often
- Cough into your elbow and sneeze into a tissue
- Consult with a doctor before traveling when sick
- Stay up-to-date on vaccinations
- Avoid contact with people who are already sick
- Avoid contact with animals while traveling
- Be aware of latest travel advisories from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. State Department
For more information from the CDC, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
The Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau will continue monitoring the coronavirus and will provide updates as appropriate.