Our commitment to our merchants, team members, & customers
Galveston is Open for business! And the merchants in the Historic Strand District welcome you to come on downtown, relax, shop, and dine! The fresh gulf breezes throughout the year keep the air moving through our streets, and the awnings over many of our downtown sidewalks provide a shaded retreat from the Texas sun. We cannot think of a better way to spend the day, the weekend, or an extended visit to our City by the Sea.
Galveston Island will soon enter its spring and summer tourism season, kicking off with spring break and the official opening of beach parks. Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order (GA-34) lifting the mask mandate in Texas and increasing capacity of all businesses and facilities in the state to 100 percent beginning March 10. Many businesses plan to require their staff to continue COVID protocols and some businesses will require customers to do the same.
COVID-19 and Recent Developments in Texas:
- 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 Mitchell Historic Properties, the Galveston Island Conventions & Visitors Bureau (GICVB), 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 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.
Our merchants and restaurant owners are concerned about your well being, want you to enjoy your shopping experience, and to feel safe. We are proud of our Downtown merchants for their perseverance during this trying time, and for moving forward to also serve customers virtually, as well as curbside.
What is Social Distancing? Social distancing, also called “physical distancing,” means keeping a safe space between yourself and other people who are not from your household. To practice social or physical distancing, stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people who are not from your household in both indoor and outdoor spaces. Read the additional guidelines from the CDC.
Mitchell Historic Properties, along with our Galveston Community, continues to monitor the evolving situation with COVID-19. Our priorities have not changed: the health and safety of our merchants, team members, customers, and the care and maintenance of our historic properties in Galveston continue to be our top priorities.
We remain in close and regular contact with local and federal health officials, including the University of Texas Medical Branch, the City of Galveston Government, the Galveston Park Board of Trustees, Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Galveston Economic Development Partnership & others. We encourage you to utilize the links provided below to keep informed of the latest news, and developments within our city.
Along with actively adhering to the protocols provided by the Centers for Disease Control, Mitchell Historic Properties is taking additional steps in our work environment, including social distancing and additional safety and cleaning steps to help protect and support our teammates. Your safety and well being remain our foremost priority, and we will continue to share updates with you as quickly and transparently as possible.
Thank you for your continued trust and support of Mitchell Historic Properties. We hope that you and your colleagues and families, stay healthy and well during this transitional time to a new normal. We are available to answer your questions via email or phone. Stay well, stay healthy, practice social distancing, wear your mask, wash your hands with soap & water, and don’t touch your face.
Joseph B. Rozier
General Manager – Real Estate Operations
Mitchell Historic Properties
Important Links to stay in touch locally:
- City of Galveston Government
- City of Galveston Facebook Page
- Galveston Daily News
- Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce
- University of Texas Medical Branch
- Galveston Economic Development Partnership