The Mayor of Galveston issued an order Friday prohibiting vehicular traffic on all beaches west of access point 35 to San Luis Pass amid concerns about the spread of the Coronavirus.
The beaches are still open to pedestrian traffic, but the Galveston Police Department will place traffic barricades at the beach access points. The San Luis Pass Bridge remains open to all traffic.
Mayor Jim Yarbrough on Monday declared a local state of disaster, which allows Galveston taxpayers to seek reimbursement of emergency expenses accrued and gives the mayor certain authorities by law to enact measures to protect public health. On Tuesday, the city issued two orders, one closing entertainment venues, and another closing bars and limiting restaurants to take out and delivery services after the health district confirmed the first case of community spread in the county. On Thursday, public beach amenities were closed. Today an order was issued closing these beach access points and prohibiting vehicular traffic west of access point 35. The orders are in place for seven days from the time of their enactment, at which time they may be extended.
At this time, the Galveston County Health District has confirmed five positive cases of Coronavirus in the county, though the district has not specified where these cases are in the county.
The City of Galveston continues to discourage gatherings of 10 or more people, per the federal guidelines. The City’s first priority is protecting the public health and safety of its residents. These closures are intended to reduce the number of people visiting Galveston beaches and congregating in large groups.
The City will continue to provide updates regarding COVID-19 and local policies. Please contact the Public Information Office for more information.