At midnight tonight, April 30, 2020, the Texas Governor’s Stay Home Order and Harris County’s Stay Home Work Safe Order will expire, and we will enter into Phase 1 of the Governor’s plan to Open Texas. As noted by Governor Abbott during his press conference on Monday, in order to open Texas, everyone will have to proceed with caution and continue to take preventative measures to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
"As we open Texas, we are each called upon to be Texans," stated Governor Abbott on his Open Texas website. "To act responsibly as we re-engage the economy, to continue following all health precautions and sanitizing guidelines, and to care for our vulnerable neighbors. Lives depend on our actions. I know you will respond as Texans."
As the current stay home orders end, new mandates from Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-18 are as follows:
- Everyone shall, except where necessary to provide or obtain essential services or reopened services, minimize social gatherings and minimize in-person contact with people who are not in the same household.
- Restaurants, retail shops, movie theaters, malls, museums, libraries, and single-person offices may reopen May 1, limited to 25% capacity. Capacity restrictions will expand to 50% as part of Phase 2. Interactive areas with hands-on activities should remain closed.
- Individuals may engage in outdoor sports, provided that the sports do not include contact with other participants, and no more than four participants play the sport at any time.
- Essential services such as grocery and drug stores, home improvement stores, banks, and gas stations will continue to operate.
- Public swimming pools, bars, gyms, cosmetology salons, massage establishments, interactive amusement venues, such as bowling alleys and video arcades, and tattoo and piercing studios, will remain closed at this time.
- Nursing homes, state-supported living centers, assisted living facilities, and long-term care facilities must remain closed to visitors unless to provide critical assistance.
In accordance with recommendations from the state, the City of Seabrook plans to open park amenities and city facilities in phases.
Parks and Recreation Amenities
- Starting May 1, 2020, the following park amenities will be made accessible to the public:
- Tennis courts at Baybrook Park (no more than four participants are advised)
- Fishing piers and observation decks
- Skate ramps at Meador Park
- Park amenities that will remain inaccessible at this time include:
- Pine Gully Park will reopen to vehicle traffic on Friday, May 1, 2020, as follows:
- Modified hours with gatekeeper seven days per week between 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
- Carothers parking will be made accessible for additional foot traffic.
- The city’s gatekeeper will actively monitor the number of vehicles entering the park and the number of vehicles utilizing the Carothers parking lot, and at any time, city staff reserves the right to close or limit the amount of vehicular traffic into the park.
- Non-resident fees will be collected, and new safety protocols will be followed when interacting with the public.
- The fishing pier will open unless overcrowding or other health concerns arise, at which time city staff reserves the right to close the pier.
- Trails continue to remain open, and masks are not required during outdoor activities; however, social distancing guidelines still apply.
City Facilities and Operations
- City Hall and other city facilities, including the Police Department lobby, will continue to remain closed to the public until May 18, 2020. Municipal Court will remain closed to the public until June 1, 2020.
- City employees will be screened daily as recommended by the Governor’s Report to Open Texas.
- Per Harris County’s Face-Covering Order, city employees will be supplied with masks that they will be required to wear while in common areas and in public spaces where social distancing is difficult.
- Additional sanitation and cleaning protocols have been implemented and will continue as facilities reopen to the public.
City Council and Board/Commission Meetings
- All public meetings will continue to be held via teleconference through the end of May.
- Information on how to give public comment and/or listen to public meetings is made available on each meeting agenda, which can be viewed and downloaded at www.seabrooktx.gov/agendacenter.
While city offices may not be open to the public, all departments continue operating and providing services to the community by phone, email and virtual services.
- Emergency Management continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains active.
- Police, EMS, Fire, Fire Marshal, Dispatch and Animal Control will continue to provide services to the community with additional safety protocols and personal protective equipment in place when dealing with the public.
- Municipal Court will continue to work remotely and will provide video and/or teleconference hearings through the end of May. Contact the court by calling (281) 291-5715 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Utility Billing will continue to operate in staggered shifts through May 18. Suspension of cut-offs will continue at this time. Curbside services may be made available to residents who need assistance.Please call (281) 291-5675 or email email@example.com to discuss your options.
- Waste Management trash and recycling services will continue. Residents are urged to take advantage of the At Your Door Service when disposing of hazardous materials and to recycle correctly. Recycling materials that are not recyclable may negatively impact trash and recycling services. Learn more about Recycling Right at www.wm.com.
- Public Works will return to full shifts beginning Monday, May 4, 2020. The Public Works lobby will remain closed to the public through May 18. All field personnel have been trained on new social distancing protocols and will be required to wear masks as necessary.
- Community Development will continue to work in staggered shifts through May 18. Permits and payments will continue to be processed electronically and through the onsite dropbox when necessary. Curbside services and/or appointments may be made available on an as-needed basis. Please call (281) 291-5638 to discuss your options. When conducting field inspections, social distancing protocols will be used, and masks will be worn.
- Several administrative offices, including the Office of the City Secretary, Human Resources, Economic Development, and Communications, will continue to work remotely through May 18.
State and county recommendations and mandates are subject to change at any given time. While the City of Seabrook can be stricter than county and state mandates, we cannot be more lenient. The officials at the state and county levels have the data and subject matter experts on staff to make prudent decisions that balance citizens’ health and livelihood.
As Texas and our community reopens, please proceed with caution and practice good hygiene, social distancing, and wear masks when appropriate. For those that are more vulnerable to COVID-19, consider staying home longer if you are able.
For more information on the Governor’s Report to Open Texas, please visit www.gov.texas.gov/opentexas.