Visiting Galveston: March 2021 COVID-19 Update

A Message Regarding COVID-19 and Recent Developments in Texas.

The Texas Governor has recently lifted mask mandates and capacity limits throughout the state. However, the health and safety of residents and visitors in Galveston remain a priority for the Galveston Conventions & Visitors Bureau and the Galveston Park Board.

Update From Galveston Island

  • The Texas Governor has recently lifted mask mandates and capacity limits throughout the state to take effect on March 10, 2021.
  • The health and safety of residents and visitors in Galveston remains a high priority for the Galveston Island Conventions & Visitors Bureau, Galveston Park Board and the larger tourism community.
  • The GICVB and Galveston Park Board are encouraging visitors to the island to continue following the recommendations of health officials to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including self-monitoring for symptoms, frequent hand washing, and practicing social distancing when possible among other health safety practices.
  • Many businesses on the island still require employees to wear masks for the safety of staff and guests.
  • Some businesses on the island require masks for entry and service. Please call or check the websites of individual businesses if you have questions about their requirements. Guests are urged to abide by these requirements.
  • Employees at Galveston Park Board-managed facilities, including East Beach, Stewart Beach, Seawolf Park, and Dellanera RV Park, will continue to wear face masks for the protection of staff and guests. Rigid sanitization practices, hand sanitizer stations, and social distancing protocols will remain in place throughout these parks and facilities.
  • The order lifting the mask mandate does not apply to public transportation vehicles or buildings, like bus terminals. Galveston’s Island Transit riders must wear a face mask to ride.

Galveston County Mask Map Courtesy of The Galveston Daily News

The map below will be updated periodically. It details announced changes to COVID precaution policies at businesses and institutions in Galveston County. All reports are sourced to public statements or interviews by the Galveston Daily News and are subject to change. Gov. Greg Abbott announced on March 2 that Texas' COVID restrictions would end beginning March 10.

Purple icons mark places that have announced plans to loosen restrictions, either by not requiring customers to wear masks or by increasing the number of people who are inside a building at one time.

Orange icons mark places that have announced they intended to keep restrictions like masking or capacity limits in place.

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The Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau (GICVB) is the official destination marketing organization for Galveston Island, Texas.