Governor Greg Abbott on Tuesday announced that the statewide mask order would expire, and businesses will open to full capacity beginning Wednesday, March 10.
In compliance with the Governor's order, a City of Galveston ordinance related to COVID-19 precautions and mask requirements will expire on March 10. In brief, the governor’s order states that as of March 10, 2021,
a. There are no COVID-19-related capacity limits for any business or other establishment; and
b. Face coverings are no longer required, although individuals are strongly encouraged to wear them when social distancing is not possible.
Under the Governor's order, businesses have the option to limit capacity or require face coverings inside their establishments for the health and safety of customers and staff. We encourage each business or other establishment to carefully consider the needs of their business, staff and patrons to determine which protocols they wish to establish at their location.
Local governments also can require masks in public facilities. The City of Galveston will require staff and members of the public doing business at City Hall and other City-owned facilities to wear a mask when social distancing is not possible. Masks are also required on public transit, per federal guidelines.
The City of Galveston is asking residents and visitors to respect the wishes of businesses and establishments by wearing a mask in places where it is required.
"We encourage residents and any visitors to Galveston to practice safe COVID-19 precautions, especially social distancing and wearing masks where social distancing is not possible. As spring break approaches, we want visitors to enjoy Galveston and its many local stores and restaurants while also respecting each businesses' policies on face coverings and other COVID-19 measures," Mayor Craig Brown said.
We are not yet out of the woods on COVID-19 cases, and we respectfully ask that residents and visitors continue doing their part to slow the spread.