GALVESTON, TX – February 1, 2021 – The Galveston City Council on Thursday voted unanimously to extend a state of emergency and disaster order for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The City Council voted to extend three orders related to the city’s COVID-19 response through February 28, 2021 and revisit on a monthly basis for renewal. The orders will be considered for extension on a month-by-month basis. The three emergency orders include:
- An order prohibiting the operation of electronic amusement machines in businesses in the City of Galveston;
- An order granting City staff authority to suspend the application of building code and flood plan regulations to allow construction and placement of a temporary screening facility by PHI Aviation LLC;
- An order requiring commercial entities providing goods or services directly to the public to develop a health and safety policy mandating the wearing of face masks in their facility, requiring the public to wear face masks, prohibiting mass gatherings in the city and limiting access to city buildings.
As of Monday, there were 8,193 active cases of COVID-19 in Galveston County, according to the Galveston County Health District. The City of Galveston is following Governor Greg Abbott’s reopening plan at open.texas.gov and the regulations set forth by the state.
At this time, any outdoor gathering of ten or more requires submission of a COVID-19 plan, which will require approval from the mayor’s office. Certain types of outdoor gatherings are exempt in Governor’s Order-32. For example, a gathering of more than ten people at a museum does not require mayoral permission, but the event is limited to a 50 percent occupancy limit as determined by the owner.
A copy of the city order is attached. A copy of GA-32 is available at https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-issues-executive-order-to-open-bars-in-qualifying-counties-in-texas