GALVESTON CORONAVIRUS INFO
Updated August 7, 2020
BEACHES ARE OPEN!
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.
HIGH CALL VOLUME
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) as well. Otherwise, please leave a message. All calls will be returned as soon as possible.
NEIGHBORHOOD & COMMUNITY AMENITY CLOSURES OR LIMITATIONS
The Ryson team continues to do our best to stay in touch with local HOAs regarding their updated amenities rules or access for guests, and we try to communicate these unexpected changes to our guests the best we can. However, as neighborhood and community amenity access continues to change rapidly, Ryson recommends the following if there are amenities guests are hoping to use during their stay:
- Prior to making a reservation, please verify access with our Vacation Planners or by reviewing the specific neighborhood or community page (links below).
- Prior to arrival, please review the neighborhood or community page (links below) for the most updated amenity access provided to Ryson and/or consider contacting the HOA directly for the most updated and accurate information.
IF Ryson is aware of closure or limitations, guests should see these stated on the very top of each community page. Please understand, Ryson continues to do our best to stay in touch with local HOAs regarding amenity closure or limitations, but neighborhood and community amenity access is beyond the control of Ryson.
PREPARING FOR YOUR TRIP
- Please review our standard Packing List.
- It is highly recommended to bring extra essential supplies with you: personal protective equipment (masks), soap, sanitizer, tissue paper, paper towels, bottled water, etc.
- 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.
- The Ryson team continues to do our best to stay in touch with local HOAs regarding their updated amenities rules or access for guests, and we try to communicate these unexpected changes to our guests the best we can. However, if there are community amenities you plan on using during your stay, it is recommended to verify these amenities before making a reservation with your Vacation Planner and again shortly prior to your arrival with either Ryson’s Guest Services and/or directly with the neighborhood or community HOA, as the HOA will have the most accurate and up to date information.
- 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).
RYSON’S CLEANING GUIDLINES
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.
- Wear a mask. Masks are currently required in all public areas for those 10 and over, with a few exceptions.
GALVESTON ISLAND THINGS TO DO
RYSON’S RECOMMENDED GALVESTON ISLAND LIVE CAM
ADDITIONAL GALVESTON ISLAND LIVE CAMS
UPDATES – Orders in orange are currently still in effect.
- July 9, 2020: City of Galveston has announced parking changes for this weekend, beginning Friday morning. Parking will be blocked on the north side of Seawall between 25th and 37th, restricted parking at Diamdond Beach (West End) and Fort San Jacinto (East End).
- July 2, 2020: Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order requiring all Texans 10 and older to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions, effective 12:01 pm on July 3, 2020.
- July 2, 2020: Galveston County walked back its initial plans to close all access to Bolivar Peninsula beaches. Instead, County Judge Mark Henry ordered that the county’s unincorporated beaches (Bolivar Peninsula & Crystal Beach) would be open in four-hour increments, from 7:00 am to 11:00 am and from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm from Friday until Sunday.
- July 2, 2020: Brazoria County (Surfside) Judge Matt Sebesta orders beach access closed daily from 11:00 am to midnight, starting Friday and continuing until Monday, with exception of residents and rental guests with proof of residency or rental.
- July 1, 2020: Mayor Jim Yarbrough signed an executive order for the beach closure from Friday, July 3, 2020 at 5 am through Monday, July 6, 2020 at 12:01 am.
- July 1, 2020: The City of Galveston is prohibiting parking on both sides of Seawall Boulevard from Friday, July 3, 2020 at 5 am through Monday, July 6, 2020 at 12:01 am.
- June 26, 2020: Governor Greg Abbott orders bars shut down by noon today and orders restaurant to 50% capacity by Monday.
- June 25, 2020: Galveston City Council voted to extend the mandatory mask order through September 30, 2020.
- June 23, 2020: Mayor Jim Yarbrough signed an order requiring commercial entities that provide goods or services directly to the public to establish a health and safety policy requiring face coverings for customers aged ten or older. The face coverings should fully cover your nose and mouth.
- June 12, 2020: State of Texas Governor Greg Abbott states dine-in restaurants will be permitted to operate at 75% of total occupancy.
- June 3, 2020: State of Texas Governor Greg Abbott states all Texas businesses (including swimming pools, water parks, amusement parks, museums, libraries and aquariums) may now operate at up to 50% of total listed occupancy of the establishment, with some exceptions that will no longer be limited.
- 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.