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Updates on COVID-19 for Bay Area Houston

Last Updated: March 30, 2020

Our top priority is the safety, health, and well-being of our community, its residents, and visitors. We understand the concern and uncertainty you may be experiencing surrounding COVID-19 and are committed to being responsive to your needs and those of all our guests as the situation evolves.

While information on travel and cancelled or postponed events is constantly changing within the nation’s tourism industry, we are monitoring the situation closely. We are keeping those impacted by this situation in our hearts while still maintaining the level of care and service that our visitors have come to expect from the Bay Area Houston community.

As you plan and/or consider your next visit to our region, here are a few updates and resources that may help guide you:

Monitoring the Situation

The GCHD has opened an information call center to answer individuals’ questions about the virus: 409-938-7221. The health district will promptly update any future COVID-19 cases in Galveston County.

Committed to Your Health & Safety

Providing safe and clean environments for our visitors is always a top priority for the Bay Area Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau and our tourism partners. We remain committed to promoting the highest standards of cleanliness at our visitor center, lodging venues, attractions and other venues in the region. We want you to feel at ease when you visit, knowing you’ll experience quality and safety while here.

Below is a list of properties in the region that have provided information on the precautionary measures they are taking to provide a safe and clean environment for guests.

Bay Area Houston Visitor Information Center - CLOSED Temporarily

  • Sanitizers available for visitors
  • Staff is wiping down entry handles, restrooms, computers and public areas
  • Implemented a no touch policy and replaced handshakes with elbow bumps
Space Center Houston
  • CLOSED until April 12, 2020
Lone Star Flight Museum
  • CLOSED through April 12, 2020
Kemah Boardwalk
  • CLOSED through April 12, 2020
  • Landry’s is closely monitoring developments around the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).We are in the business of serving people and in the midst of this coronavirus outbreak, it's important that we give you as much information as possible about the procedures we follow to clean and operate our properties and maintain a sanitary environment as our employees cannot work from home.Topmost on our minds is the safety of our employees and our customers, which is why we have taken, among other things, the following preventive measures:
    • frequently sanitizing surfaces;
    • reinforcing appropriate hygiene amongst our staff;
    • following all guidelines recommended by the CDC;
    • adhering to travel bans and prohibiting employees from returning to work;
    • ascertaining that our vendors and suppliers are engaging in prudent preventive measures; and
    • doing all we can to keep our employees abreast of COVID-19 developments.
    Our management is in contact with the CDC and other federal agencies to understand the most up-to-the-minute information to ensure the actions we are taking are comprehensive and appropriate.Similar to most retail and entertainment environments, our properties allow for the individualized spacing of guests and therefore, as of this time, we have not made the decision to close any of our properties. Such a decision would invoke a personal hardship to our employee base of over 60,000 people. We are closely monitoring all other similar social meeting industries, facilities and places such as malls, theatres, parks, beaches, shopping centers, wholesale warehouse clubs, grocery stores and department stores, etc. and are prepared to quickly follow suit in the event the government requests that all such facilities close down.The bottom line is that we remain acutely vigilant about this serious crisis. We will continue to do everything we can to protect our employees and our customers, and to remain ready to serve our customers in the most appropriate fashion.

CDC Healthy Travel Practices:

  • Wash hands often
  • Cough into your elbow and sneeze into a tissue
  • Consult with a doctor before traveling when sick
  • Stay up-to-date on vaccinations
  • Avoid contact with people who are already sick
  • Avoid contact with animals while traveling
  • Be aware of latest travel advisories from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. State Department

For more information from the CDC, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Happy retirement to Visitor Center Specialist Doug Briggs!

Happy retirement to Doug Briggs

Happy retirement to Doug Briggs

BAHCVB wishes long-time Visitor Center Specialist Doug Briggs a happy retirement!

Doug is a fixture in the community, known for his welcoming demeanor and vast knowledge of area history. Locals and tourists alike enjoyed their conversations with Doug and went out of their way to return and see him often.

An avid author, Doug has decided to retire from the Visitor Center and focus on writing. However, friends and lucky travelers may still catch him stopping by the Visitor Center to say hello.
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