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As news about the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues to develop, the City of League City is actively monitoring the situation and taking the proper precautions to limit the spread of illness. In order to ensure the safety and well-being of staff and residents, the City is following state and national guidelines to cancel City-sponsored gatherings and events and by limiting access to City facilities and buildings. The City will continue to assess the situation daily, and follow guidance provided by the CDC and the Galveston County Health Department. We will update residents regularly about future closures and impacts to the community through the City’s website and social media pages.
The Galveston County Health District on Thursday, April 9 will open its first free COVID-19 drive-thru testing site for high-risk people who meet specific screening criteria. The testing site will be open by appointment only Thursday, April 9-Saturday, April 11 and on Monday, April 13. Testing will take place at the Galveston County Health District. Click here for more information,
The number of positive cases in Galveston County, as well as in League City, is released daily by the Galveston County Health District at 5 p.m. and is shared on the League City website here. There is also an interactive map available here that includes a breakdown of total tested, hospitalized, in quarantine, and recovered.
As of April 6, eleven League City employees have tested positive for COVID-19. Of the eleven, seven are employees with the City’s Fire Marshals Office and the other four are employees of the League City Police Department. Of those employees that have tested positive, several have recovered and have been cleared to return to work. The League Fire Administration building had been closed while employees were tested and quarantined, but has since reopened. The City is taking all necessary precautions to test and quarantine staff and has also brought in a professional team for thorough cleaning and deep sanitization of offices, work stations, buildings, and vehicles. We will continue doing all we can to keep our employees safe.
On March 31, Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order that renews and expands the Governor’s previous directive to minimize social gatherings and minimize contact with people who are not in the same household. It also renews the Governor’s directive to avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts, and visiting gyms or massage establishments, and it expands the order to include tattoo studios, piercing studios, and cosmetology salons. In accordance with federal guidelines, people are still prohibited from visiting nursing home, state supported living centers, assisted living facilities, or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance. Additionally, schools will remain temporarily closed through May 4, 2020 .
To stay in line with the actions taken at the state level, Galveston County Judge Mark Henry on April 1 issued a new “Order of Essential Services and Activities” for Galveston County mirroring Governor’s Abbott executive order. Both Governor Abbott’s statewide executive order and the new “Order of Essential Services and Activities” for Galveston County take effect on April 2, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. and will last until April 30, 2020.
Residents and businesses that have questions about Governor Abbott’s new executive order or what is considered essential, can visit www.tdem.texas.gov/essentialservices/ or send an email to email@example.com.
To view a copy of the Governor’s latest order click here. To view a copy of Galveston County’s latest order, click here.
On Tuesday, March 24, the League City Council approved the 21 day extension of a local disaster declaration issued earlier in the month by League City Mayor Pat Hallisey. Council members voted to amend the local disaster declaration to include language that mandates the closure of bars, taverns, nightclubs and lounges located within League City as well as gyms and fitness centers, game rooms, arcades, hair and nail salons, massage establishments, and tattoo parlors. The amended language also mandates that restaurants and establishments that serve food shall only sell food and drink for off-site consumption and that organizers of social events in the City with more than 10 people shall cancel, postpone, or hold such events virtually. Council voted to add language to the declaration that excludes religious and worship services from being considered as social events. Click here to see the amendments to the local disaster declaration. The declaration expires April 14.
Also added to the March 24 League City local disaster declaration was a clause that permits the League City Police Department to issue a Class C misdemeanor citation to: "any person who knowingly fails to comply with a rule adopted under Section 122.006 of the Texas Health & Safety Code shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $2,000.00" (ultimately a judge will determine the fine).
The issuance of a citation is intended as a “last resort” for LCPD officers when they encounter situations of citizens or businesses who are not in compliance with the mandated city, county and state declarations. When at all possible, officers will issue warnings to individuals, businesses, and/or groups before issuing a citation.
If you believe an individual, business, or group is in non-compliance with League City’s local disaster declaration, please click here first to review an FAQ. After reading, if you still believe there is a violation call LCPD at 281-332-2566.
Public access to both facilities has been limited. Signs posted at each facility direct visitors to phone numbers of various departments. Staff from all departments will continue to be available to provide services and answer questions over the phone and through email, as well as accept payments for utility bills, Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday 7:30 a.m. till noon. The City is encouraging online payments of utility bills and the use of the 24 hour drive-thru drop box located between City Hall and the Civic Center. Learn about online bill pay here.
The building will continue to remain open at this time, but residents are encouraged to use online services when possible including requesting a copy of a police or accident report. To access a full list of LCPD online services, click here.
Hometown Heroes Park will be closed and all programming will be suspended until further notice. This includes recreational classes and sporting events.
The sportsplex is currently closed until further notice.
The library will be closed to the public as of 6 p.m. Thursday, March 19. Books can be returned at the available 24 hour drop-off located outside of the library building. Overdue fines have been waived.
Facility rentals will be canceled/rescheduled.
The facility is closed until further notice.
City parks and trails(except for the Davis Sportsplex and Hometown Heroes Park Recreation Building) continue to remain open. If you choose to visit, continue to practice social distancing and remain six feet away from members outside of your own household. Avoid playing group sports such as soccer, basketball, baseball, etc. All playground equipment is closed and has been roped off.
Special meetings and events hosted by the City will be canceled or postponed until after May 4.
This includes the following:
Some events may be postponed for a later date. The City of League City will continue to actively monitor the COVID-19 situation and revisit cancelations and postponements.
On March 24, the League City Council approved an amendment to League City’s local disaster declaration that requires residents to place all trash and recycling in a bag before placing it in a garbage receptacle, trash can, or recycle bin. This will ensure workers are protected from direct contact from trash and waste during the collection process. Clear or white bags are to be used for recycling. Starting the week of March 30, no loose items in bins will be picked up.
The City is accepting online payments and payments deposited at the 24-hour dropbox located between City Hall and the Civic Center. Payments can also be made over the phone by calling 281-554-1334, option 1. If you get a recording, please call back, as there is a limited number of cashiers taking calls. We appreciate your patience.
For the time being, water service will not be disconnected for non-payment, and late payment fees will not be charged.
If you see price gouging, please report it to local authorities or file a complaint with the Texas Attorney General. Learn more about how to identify price gouging.
Texas Health and Human Services has launched a 24/7 statewide mental health support line to help Texans experiencing anxiety, stress or emotional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Counseling services are confidential and free of charge to people who call the hotline. People can call the Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week toll-free at 833-986-1919.
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If you do feel sick and believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19, contact your health care provider or a hospital immediately over the phone. Describe your symptoms and travel history. If they recommend testing, go as soon as possible.
Gov. Greg Abbott announced on March 16 that he has waived the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) testing requirements for the 2019-2020 school year. Learn more here.