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.
The City will continue to assess the situation daily, and follow guidance provided by the CDC. We will update residents regularly about future closures and impacts to the community through the City’s website and social media pages.
Executive order from Governor closes bar, restaurants, and gyms statewide
On Thursday, March 19, Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared a public health disaster for the first time in more than 100 years. Gov. Abbott also issued an executive order that requires all Texas bars, gyms, and restaurant dining rooms to close. Restaurants are still allowed to offer to-go, take-out, and delivery options. The governor is also allowing restaurants that possess a mixed beverage permit to sell beer, wine or mixed drinks with any food purchase. The executive order will begin at midnight on Friday, March 20, and end on April 3. The order is not a shelter in place order, Abbott said. The order does not stop people from going to parks, banks or grocery stores and domestic travel remains unrestricted.
Before Gov. Abbot issued the executive order, League City Mayor Pat Hallisey on March 19, signed a local disaster declaration for the City. The local declaration will allow League City to take further measures, if necessary, to reduce the risk of COVID-19 from spreading in our community and will also help with federal funding for emergency services and medical supplies should the need arise. The local declaration included “recommendations” for League City’s bars and restaurants to close and not offer dine-in services but now, under Abbot’s executive order, this will be required.
Current City Closures, Cancelations, and Postponements
Hometown Heroes Park will be closed and all programming will be suspended through March 30. This includes recreational classes and sporting events. This date may be extended, so please check back for updates.
Helen Hall Library
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 will not be waved at this time but can be addressed on a case by case basis.
Facility rentals will be canceled/rescheduled, but all City public parks will remain open until further notice. Big League Dreams is closed.
Events and Meetings
Special meetings and events hosted by the City will be canceled or postponed until after May 4.
This includes the following:
- Household Hazardous Waste Event
- Community Garage Sale
- Grand Opening of Fire Station #6
- Walk for Wellness
- League City Egg Scramble
- League City Hiring Expo
- 2nd Annual Pet Fest
- Nature with Kristine
- Astronomy in the Park
- City Board and Commission Meetings
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.
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.
Non-Emergency City Employee Operations
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 is also working to prepare staff to work remotely when possible.
Utility Billing Updates
The City is encouraging use of online payments and the drive-thru dropbox at City Hall rather than bringing your payment inside the City Hall building. Learn about online bill pay here.
For the time being, water service will not be disconnected for non-payment, and late payment fees will not be charged.
School District Updates
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.
Clear Creek ISD
- As of March 12, 2020 the Clear Creek Independent School District has ordered the closure of all district schools through April 10. All school-related activities and events are also canceled until further notice.
- CCISD is providing FREE weekday drive-through meals beginning Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, March 20. Parents can drive up to the front entrance of the school between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and receive a meal for each student present under the age of 18 in the vehicle. The five schools serving meals are Greene Elementary, League City Elementary, McWhirter Elementary, Stewart Elementary, and Whitcomb Elementary. Learn more here.
- Get the most up-to-date info at ccisd.net/covid-19.
- As of March 12, 2020 the Dickinson Independent School District has ordered the closure of all district schools through April 10. All school-related activities and events are also canceled until further notice.
- DISD is providing FREE weekday drive-through meals beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20 for all students who qualify for the federal meal program. Parents can drive to the Owens Drive side of Dickinson High School between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. and receive a packaged lunch and breakfast meal for the next morning. Learn more here.
- Get the most up-to-date info at http://www.dickinsonisd.org/.
Santa Fe ISD
- As of March 12, 2020 the Santa Fe Independent School District has ordered the closure of all district schools through April 10. All school-related activities and events are also canceled until further notice.
- SFISD is providing FREE weekday drive-through meals beginning Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 20 for all students who qualify for the federal meal program. Between 10:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. parents can enter Barnett Elementary from 1764 and drive to the rear of the building using the car rider drop off and pickup designated lanes. Students will receive a packaged lunch and breakfast meal for the next morning. Learn more here.
- Get the most up-to-date info at sfisd.org/coronavirus.
Social Distancing and Flattening the Curve
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and ensure our healthcare system isn’t overwhelmed, social distancing is recommended. Preventing the rapid transmission of the coronavirus will disperse cases over time, rather than overwhelming hospitals all at once. Learn more about stopping the spread of COVID-19 here.
A two-week supply of food and necessities for your family is enough to get through a period of quarantine. As long as residents only buy what they need, there will be enough food and supplies for everyone. Federal and local government authorities have encouraged people to stop stockpiling groceries, and grocery stores have limited the purchase of certain products.
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.
Stay up-to-date with the latest COVID-19 news
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.
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.