Updated May 21, 2020


Ryson Vacation Rentals continues to monitor the latest news about the coronavirus, COVID-19, and we have been taking every precaution to keep our guests and team members safe. Galveston County’s “Stay at Home” order expired at 11:59 pm, on April 30, 2020.


Due to high call volume, your patience and understanding are greatly appreciated.

Since this event began, Ryson has been available seven days a week to assist our guests and homeowners. Initially, the incoming call volume was due to guests with questions and concerns regarding their upcoming reservations that had already been placed, but as of Thursday, April 23, 2020, we have experienced a rapid influx of phone calls from guests requesting new reservations.

Please remember, all reservations may be placed online. Each property listing on the Ryson site not only offers all the general information about the home; photos, bedrooms, baths, max occupancy, but also offers a floor plan for almost every property listing, with up the minute availability and pricing.

If you are experiencing trouble reaching us by phone and have questions, please feel free to reach us by email ( as well. Otherwise, please leave a message. All calls will be returned as soon as possible.


  • Please review our standard Packing List.
  • It is highly recommended to bring extra essential supplies with you; soap, sanitizer, tissue paper, paper towels, bottled water, etc. As many parts of the country, these supplies are currently limited on the island also.
  • If you aren’t feeling well, we encourage guests to stay home. Even in the best of times, vacationing while sick is no fun. If you or your guests are ill and you purchased travel insurance through Ryson, please contact RedSky (contact info listed below).
  • If guests have questions regarding an upcoming reservation, we are requesting that guests contact us as their reservation is within three weeks of your scheduled arrival. Since things continue to change daily, we believe within this timeframe we are able to reassess the situation and provide the most accurate information.


Cleanliness has always been important to us at Ryson Vacation Rentals. We have always had extensive cleaning routines that take place before and after each guest stays in one of our properties. However, during these unprecedented times, we have raised our standard. Our staff is following CDC, VRMA/VRHP, and local health official guidelines to ensure we do our part in helping stop the spread of COVID-19. For additional details about what Ryson is doing, please review Ryson’s Cleaning Guidelines.


  • Avoid close contact. Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you are sick, keep your distance from others.
  • Clean your hands. Washing your hands often for 20 seconds will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub with at least 60% Ethyl Alcohol.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Cover your mouth and nose. Cover your mouth and nose using a mask or using a tissue when coughing or sneezing to prevent those around you from getting sick.



  • May 22, 2020: State of Texas Governor Greg Abbott states bars, aquariums, museums, malls, movie theaters, gyms, pools and venues may open at 25% capacity, restaurants may now operate at 50% occupancy and barbers, tanning, hair salons may open.
  • May 18, 2020: State of Texas Governor Greg Abbott states massage and personal-care centers may open.
  • May 1, 2020: State of Texas Governor Greg Abbott states restaurants may open at 25% capacity.
  • April 29, 2020: Texas Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas General Land Office informed Galveston County and city officials that beaches are to be opened on Friday, May 1, 2020.
  • April 27, 2020: State of Texas Governor Greg Abbott states the Stay at Home order will expire May 1, 2020.
  • April 27, 2020: State of Texas Governor Greg Abbott states restaurants, bars, golf courses, movie theaters, museums, libraries may re-open with some restrictions on May 1, 2020.
  • April 17, 2020: State of Texas Governor Greg Abbott plans another announcement about re-openings on April 27, 2020.
  • April 17, 2020: State of Texas Governor Greg Abbott orders Texas state parks will reopen April 20, 2020. People visiting state parks will be required to wear face masks while in parks and to maintain social distancing while there.
  • April 17, 2020: State of Texas Governor Greg Abbott orders that retail businesses will be allowed to offer to-go services beginning April 24, 2020.
  • April 17, 2020: State of Texas Governor Greg Abbott orders students of public schools, private schools and colleges not to return to classrooms this year, but encourages school districts to continue to provide academic instruction remotely through the end of the academic year.
  • April 13, 2020: Galveston County issues order re-opening Bolivar Peninsula beaches, effective immediately.
  • April 8, 2020: Galveston County issues order closing Bolivar Peninsula beaches, effective at 12:01 am April 10, 2020, through April 17, 2020.
  • April 7, 2020: State of Texas Governor Greg Abbott orders all state parks and historic sites closed, effective at 5:00 pm until further notice.
  • April 3, 2020: City of Galveston has extended all current closures through April 30, 2020.
  • March 29, 2020: Order to close Galveston beaches at 2:45 pm and restricting vehicle traffic on West End beaches through April 5, 2020 – City of Jamaica Beach beaches are closed to vehicular traffic, but permits people to walk on the beach.
  • March 29, 2020: City of Galveston orders guests at RV Parks and hotels must now also leave
  • March 28, 2020: City of Galveston orders that all short-term rental homes to be closed and vacated – Jamaica Beach has not made this order yet.
  • March 24, 2020: Orders to Stay at Home effective at 11:59 pm through 11:59 pm, April 30, 2020.
  • March 23, 2020: Commissioners Court of Galveston County voted to continue the State of Local Disaster, related to COVID-19 until April 22, 2020.
  • March 19, 2020: Texas Commissioner of State Health Services declared a Public Health Disaster for the State of Texas.
  • March 18, 2020: City of Galveston orders all restaurants to take-out or delivery only at 5:00 am.
  • March 17, 2020: City of Galveston orders all-island amusement parks, museums and bars close at 4:00 pm.