Updates on COVID-19 for Galveston Island
Last Updated: March 27, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. by Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau
Here on Galveston Island, our top priority is the safety, health, and wellbeing of our community, its residents, and visitors. We understand the concern and uncertainty you may be experiencing surrounding COVID-19 and are committed to being responsive to your needs and those of all our guests as the situation evolves.
While information on travel and cancelled or postponed events is constantly changing within the nation’s tourism industry, we are monitoring the situation closely. We are keeping those impacted by this situation in our hearts while still maintaining the level of care and service that our visitors have come to expect from the Galveston hospitality community.
Here are a few updates and resources that may help you navigate the changes our industry is undertaking:
Monitoring the Situation
Galveston County Health District (GCHD) says there are 49 positive COVID-19 cases in Galveston County Residents.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are the beaches in Galveston open?
- To date, Galveston beaches remain open. However, beach amenities (restrooms, showers, concessions, etc.) are CLOSED. We are currently not encouraging visitation to Galveston Island in an effort to look out for the safety of our health care workers, community members and families.
Can I visit Galveston beaches if I am a Galveston resident?
- If you live in Galveston, you may visit the beaches to get some fresh air and exercise. The stay-at-home mandate allows residents to leave their homes for essential activities including grocery shopping, obtaining medical care and exercise.
- During the stay-at-home mandate, beach visitors must remain six feet away from other individuals and may not congregate in groups more than 10.
Can I still visit Galveston Island?
- We’re not encouraging visitation at this time. We look forward to welcoming you back this summer.
Beach Parks, Attractions, Bars and Restaurant Update
The City of Galveston has closed all beach park amenities, bars, major attractions including Moody Gardens, Pleasure Pier and museums. In addition, the following west end beach access points are closed to vehicular traffic: The north and south side of the San Luis Pass bridge, Salt Cedar Dr. access point, access point number 35 which is just to the east of the house at 24125 FM 3005 and Estuary Drive at the beach.
Restaurants are offering take-out and delivery only. Please support local restaurants by ordering meals to-go or purchasing gift cards. Click here for a list of restaurants.
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.