The Trump administration issued new guidelines Monday afternoon for Americans to follow over the next 15 days in an effort to slow the spread of the Coronavirus.
These measures are intended at flattening the curve – meaning reducing the number of infections to avoid overwhelming medical care services – by implementing stricter policies over the next two weeks. These guidelines aren’t mandatory, but strongly suggested.
The City of Galveston is recommending its residents follow all CDC and federal health recommendations, including:
• Avoid gatherings of more than 10 people.
• Avoid discretionary travel like shopping trips and social visits.
• Avoid bars and restaurants and food courts -- instead use drive-through, pickup and delivery options.
• Do not visit aged care facilities.
• If you work in health care, pharmaceutical or food supply, "you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule."
• If someone in your house has tested positive, the entire household should stay home.
• Older people and those with underlying health conditions should stay home.
The guidelines also recommend states with evidence of community spread should close all bars, restaurants, food courts, gyms and indoor and outdoor venues.
While group gatherings should be avoided, we do want to encourage support of local Galveston businesses. There are many ways in which you can support our local restaurants, retailers, and partners while keeping yourself, and those you love, safe. Ensure your own proper hygiene – wash your hands, avoid touching your face and stay home when sick – and trust that local businesses are taking extra steps to clean their establishments too.
One way to show your support is to continue your usual spending habits -- if you can afford to do so. If you go out to eat once a week, you might consider ordering take out or delivery once a week. Even in paid parking areas, parking is free for the first 15 minutes, which allows you to more easily pick-up food at a restaurant. This also could mean picking up a gift card from a local retailer or practicing social distancing habits while out and about.
This is a fast-changing situation so please be sure to follow the City of Galveston for local city updates.