The City of Galveston is currently under a Stay at Home Order. To keep residents and visitors safe, on March 29, 2020, the city closed all public beaches in Galveston until further notice. It shall be a Class C misdemeanor if a person is found in violation of the order related to the closure of Galveston public beaches. These orders are enforced by the Galveston Police Department, City Marshal and Galveston Island Beach Patrol.
The City of Galveston had attempted to avoid closing public beaches because it is our desire that residents have an area to exercise and get fresh air while maintaining safe social distancing. However, it is clear that there are many people visiting from other areas in defiance of local, state and national travel recommendations and/or restrictions. As a result, the City of Galveston must restrict access to the public beach. The Texas General Land Office will not allow the beach to remain open to residents only. As a public beach, it must be closed to all.
Here are a few updates and resources that may help you navigate the changes our industry is undertaking:
Monitoring the Situation
Cases in the county continue to rise. For the latest updates, visit the Galveston County Health District (GCHD) website.
The GCHD has opened an information call center to answer individuals’ questions about the virus: 409-938-7221. The health district will promptly updated any future COVID-19 cases in Galveston County.
Galveston County is currently under a “Stay at Home Order”. All non-essential businesses will be closed until the order has ended.
As of today, no travel bans have been issued for United States citizens. The State Department has issued a warning to senior citizens and those with underlying health conditions to avoid cruise travel.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are the beaches in Galveston open?
- For the safety of our residents, health care workers, first responders, and visitors, the City of Galveston closed the beaches on March 29. The beach closures and other directives, including a stay at home order, will likely remain in effect until the orders expire or are cancelled. As difficult as it is to close beaches, these initiatives are our best efforts to help flatten the curve and stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community. We look forward to welcoming you back to the beach as soon as these orders are lifted.
Can I visit the beach if I am a Galveston resident?
- As a safety precaution, the beaches are closed to everyone. We hope this sacrifice now will help us get back to normal by summer. In addition, Texas state law does not allow beaches to be deemed private or designated for residents.
Can I walk, run or bike along the seawall?
- You may walk, run and bike along the seawall provided you don’t do those activities in groups. The Galveston Island Beach Patrol is enforcing this measure. Please keep at least six feet between you and other people who are not in your family. If you do not live in Galveston, do not travel to the island to recreate along the seawall or anywhere else during stay-at-home orders.
Can I still visit Galveston Island?
- We deeply miss our Galveston visitors, but currently the short answer is no. We need everyone’s help in reducing health risks here on the island so that we can re-open our businesses, restaurants and attractions as soon as possible. We can’t wait to welcome you back this summer! Until then you can visit us virtually, or even use your time safe at home to plan your next trip to Galveston. Our website has great ideas for planning your future visits to the Island. Follow us @GalvestonIsland to stay connected and check in on Galveston with live webcams, virtual tours of our attractions and island-style educational resources for families.
Can I stay in a hotel or vacation rental on the Island?
- Current restrictions on hotels and other lodging establishments prohibit people from renting rooms for leisure purposes or for short-stay durations. We look forward to welcoming you once these orders are lifted. For specific details on the restrictions in place, view the order here.
Beach Parks, Attractions, Bars and Restaurant Update
The City of Galveston has closed all beach park amenities, bars, major attractions including Moody Gardens, Pleasure Pier and museums. In addition, the following west end beach access points are closed to vehicular traffic: The north and south side of the San Luis Pass bridge, Salt Cedar Dr. access point, access point number 35 which is just to the east of the house at 24125 FM 3005 and Estuary Drive at the beach.
Restaurants are offering take-out and delivery only. Please support local restaurants by ordering meals to-go or purchasing gift cards. Click here for a list of restaurants.
Cruise Passengers: Port of Galveston:
For updates from the Port of Galveston and the cruise industry, visit: https://www.portofgalveston.com/243/Travel-Update
Following Center for Disease Control (CDC) Guidelines
We recommend everyone follow these CDC guidelines to proactively promote their health and prevent illness: such as cleaning hands often and avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
CDC Healthy Travel Practices:
- Wash hands often
- Cough into your elbow and sneeze into a tissue
- Consult with a doctor before traveling when sick
- Stay up-to-date on vaccinations
- Avoid contact with people who are already sick
- Avoid contact with animals while traveling
- Be aware of latest travel advisories from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. State Department
For more information from the CDC, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
The Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau will continue monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) updates and will respond appropriately based on the advice of governments, public health authorities, and medical professionals.