With an increasing number of COVID-19 cases locally, the City of Galveston is implementing changes to protect the health and safety of staff and residents in its facilities.
The City of Galveston recommends that all employees wear masks when unable to socially distance themselves from others at work to protect their health and safety.
The primary changes include:
- There will be no in-person meetings held between staff. Meetings with more than two staff members should be held by phone or by Zoom.
- Meetings with citizens will occur on a case-by-case basis, but all attempts should first be made to conduct business by phone or online.
- City travel for conferences is suspended unless approved by the City Manager's Office.
- The public is not allowed above the first floor of City Hall or beyond the front desk at the Public Works Building without permission from the leadership of those areas.
As of Tuesday, there were more than 5,000 active cases of COVID-19 in Galveston County, according to the Galveston County Health District. The Delta variant is highly contagious and spreads more easily than earlier variations.
Following the advice of health professionals, the City of Galveston recommends all eligible employees and residents get vaccinated against COVID-19. There will be a free COVID-19 vaccination event on Friday, August 20 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Fire Station 1, 823 26th Street. People over the age of 12 are eligible for the vaccine.
Taking precautions and keeping our staff healthy is the only way for us to continue providing all city services, and we politely request residents conduct business with the city online or by phone where possible.