Updates on COVID-19 for Galveston Island
Updated by Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau
Galveston Beaches Open May 1
First phase of quarantine easing take effect; some restrictions in place
Texas Governor Gregg Abbott initiated the first phase of coronavirus quarantine easing took effect May 1. Public spaces, restaurants, museums, outdoor recreation and retail outlets will open with some restrictions.
The Texas General Land Office ordered Texas beaches open on May 1. Here is what you should know if you plan to visit Galveston.
- Galveston’s beach parks and several tourist attractions will reopen to the public on May 1st. Beach parks include East Beach, Stewart Beach, Dellanera RV Park and Seawall beaches.
- 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 beach.
- The Galveston Park Board staff has adopted rigorous cleaning procedures at its parks. Among the procedures put in place are cleaning bathroom surfaces on an hourly basis, increasing the frequency of trash removal, and sanitizing park equipment daily. In addition, staff will place measures to ensure proper distancing in queues and at public gathering places.
- Hotels, vacation rentals, restaurants, retail outlets and some attractions are expected to open May 1 with certain restrictions. Larger attractions including Moody Gardens, Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier and Schlitterbahn Galveston Waterpark remain closed until further notice.
- Fishing piers and fishing charters will open for business Friday, May 1. Contact individual outlets for details.
Monitoring the Situation
Cases in the county continue to rise. For the latest updates, visit the Galveston County Health District (GCHD) website.
The GCHD has opened an information call center to answer individuals’ questions about the virus: 409-938-7221. The health district will promptly updated any future COVID-19 cases in Galveston County.
Galveston County is currently under a “Stay at Home Order”. All non-essential businesses will be closed until the order has ended.
As of today, no travel bans have been issued for United States citizens. The State Department has issued a warning to senior citizens and those with underlying health conditions to avoid cruise travel.
Cruise Passengers: Port of Galveston:
For updates from the Port of Galveston and the cruise industry, visit: https://www.portofgalveston.com/243/Travel-Update
Following 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 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 (COVID-19) updates and will respond appropriately based on the advice of governments, public health authorities, and medical professionals.