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Posted on: July 10, 2020

Order issued requiring large event sponsors to submit COVID-mitigation plans

In response to concerns regarding coronavirus and large events, Mayor Jim Yarbrough on Friday signed an executive order requiring indoor events with more than 500 people to submit certain information and receive approval from the City of Galveston.

The order is intended to ensure that events taking place within the City of Galveston that would draw more than 500 attendees will have proper safety plans in place.

Specifically, the order requires the sponsor of an event planned with more than 500 people to submit the following information at least 30 days in advance of the event to the mayor’s office.

  1. The proposed dates of the event;
  2. The proposed location of the event;
  3. The square footage and capacity of the proposed location for the event;
  4. The proposed number of participants at the event;
  5. The number of event staff to be utilized at the event; including employees of the proposed location and any contractors to be utilized;
  6. A proposed parking plan;
  7. A proposed security plan including the number of first responders the event sponsor will provide during the event;
  8. A proposed policy related to the wearing of masks and how it will be enforced;
  9. A proposed policy related to social distancing and how it will be enforced; and
  10. The written concurrence of the local health authority that the proposed policies will be effective in the control of the spread of the Covid-19 virus.

The sponsor’s proposal should demonstrate the measures the sponsor will take to control the spread of the Covid-19 virus. The mayor will provide a response no later than 14 days after the proposal is received.

The order goes into effect beginning July 10, 2020 at 5 p.m. and expires when the state of emergency is lifted (currently in effect until September 30, 2020) unless changed by a vote of the Galveston City Council. Sponsors may submit proposals may be sent to

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