News Flash

Community News

Posted on: March 14, 2020

City announces measures to reduce spread of Coronavirus

GALVESTON, TX – March 14, 2020 – The City of Galveston is taking proactive measures to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), including limiting in-person interactions for city business and suspending permitting for large special events.

The City of Galveston will continue to provide all city services, however we will postpone public commission and committee meetings for 14 days. We are also actively encouraging city business be handled online or via phone where possible.

These measures are being taken out of an abundance of caution in an effort to protect the public health, particularly our most vulnerable populations, and to slow the progression of this virus, which in turn eases the burden on medical care providers. Preserving the health and safety of our staff allows essential city services to continue without interruptions. We are constantly monitoring and assessing the situation.

City staff will continue reporting to work unless an employee is sick.

While we are discouraging large public gatherings, we do encourage your continued support of local businesses. Remember to follow these preventative measures in your daily life:

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Stay at home if you’re sick
  • Avoid close personal contact, such as shaking hands
  • Disinfect surfaces


Effective immediately through the end of May, the city will not issue special event permits to any events with 50 or more participants. We strongly encourage private event organizers in Galveston to consider postponing events with 50 or more people.


The City of Galveston encourages water customers to pay online at Water bills may also be mailed to 823 Rosenberg, Galveston TX 77550. In addition, payments may be dropped off at City Hall in the overnight deposit.


We encourage residents and contractors to apply for building permits online at Applicants may also call 409-797-3660 for more information.


McGuire Dent Recreation Center, Wright Cuney Recreation Center and the Lasker Park Community Pool are all closed until further notice.


Beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, Galveston’s Municipal Court will be suspended for two weeks. Tickets may be paid online at


We encourage any city business that can be handled online or by the phone to be done in that manner. If you believe your request cannot be handled over the phone, please contact the appropriate department for a walk-in appointment.


To follow developments at the city, stay informed with For health developments, follow the Galveston County Health District and the Center for Disease Control.

Information about what to do if you believe you may be sick is available at

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Community News

Partial beach opening begins Monday

Posted on: April 23, 2020
Stuck at Home ad

Remember to complete the Census

Posted on: March 30, 2020

Orden de Permanecer en Casa

Posted on: March 29, 2020
essential services-2

Essential city services guide

Posted on: March 26, 2020
Report Price Gauging

Report suspected price gauging

Posted on: March 16, 2020
Sepcial events

City revises Special Events policy

Posted on: March 16, 2020

City monitoring COVID-19 developments

Posted on: March 12, 2020
Tree City USA designation

Galveston recognized as Tree City USA

Posted on: February 21, 2020
Strand ordinance

Strand ordinance rules explained

Posted on: December 6, 2019

City Council confirms new Fire Chief

Posted on: October 22, 2019

City Council approves tax rate, budget

Posted on: September 20, 2019