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 will be joining county and school district initiatives by limiting large, City-sponsored gatherings and closing a few City facilities.
As of 6 p.m. Friday, March 13, Hometown Heroes Park will be closed and all programming will be suspended through March 30. This includes recreational classes and sporting events. The Helen Hall Library will remain open to the public, but library programming will be suspended. Facility rentals will be canceled/rescheduled, but all City public parks will remain open.
In addition to facility closures, special meetings and events hosted by the City including the Hometown Heroes Renovations Public Meeting on March 16, Citizen University, and the Community Garage Sale on March 28 will be postponed until further notice. The Household Hazardous Waste event will continue to run on March 21.
Over the coming days and weeks, the City will continue to assess the situation and will update residents regularly about future closures and impacts to the community through the City’s website and social media pages.
The City is directing City employees to cancel and/or reschedule all non-essential training/travel for the months of March and April. The City Manager’s Office will continue to evaluate and, if necessary, modify department activity. Staff with the City’s Human Resources Department have been emphasizing good hygiene practices throughout all City facilities and stressing the importance of employees staying home when sick.
The City’s Emergency Operations Center is currently requiring departments to evaluate all aspects of City operations to ensure the continuity of essential City services. This includes identification of critical staff members required to maintain adequate service. Police, Fire, EMS, and Water/Wastewater departments will remain operational.
The Galveston County Health District has opened an information call center to answer questions about COVID-19. The center is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The number to call is 409-938-7221. There is also regularly updated information on their website.
If you do feel sick and believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19, contact your health care provider or a hospital immediately. Describe your symptoms and travel history. If they recommend testing, go as soon as possible.
Our community has time and again weathered difficult situations and pulled together to help our neighbors and our hometown. All of these actions are temporary in nature and we are looking forward to returning to normal programming and activities when appropriate.
Residents can help prevent the spread of illness by:
- Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. The CDC recommends keeping a distance of at least six feet.
- Stay home when you are sick. Keeping a sick child at home prevents the spread of illness in the school and community and allows your child an opportunity to rest and recover.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.