The disaster declaration will allow the city to take further measures, if necessary, to reduce the risk COVID-19 spreading in the community. The declaration also helps the city acquire federal funding for emergency services and medical supplies if the need arises, according to the release.
The declaration includes "strong recommendations" that bars, nightclubs, lounges, taverns, arcades and private clubs close; restaurants stop offering dine-in services and provide food and drinks for off-site consumption only; and events where more than 10 people are expected to gather are canceled, postponed or held virtually, the release reads.
"The city’s main priority is the health and wellbeing of our residents, and the city continues to coordinate with the Galveston County Health District as well as public health and emergency management officials throughout the state and region to ensure our community is prepared with a proactive approach to mitigate the spread of COVID-19," the release reads.
Additionally, League City events are postponed or canceled through May 4, and all city board, committee and advisory group meetings have been canceled. League City City Council will still meet March 24 as scheduled, but residents are encouraged to tune in online.