League City passes local disaster declaration

(Courtesy city of League City)
(Courtesy city of League City)

(Courtesy city of League City)

Mayor Pat Hallisey signed a local disaster declaration the morning of March 19 that recommends bars close and local restaurants stop dine-in services, according a press release.

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.
By Jake Magee

Editor, Bay Area & Pearland/Friendswood

Jake has been a print journalist for several years, covering numerous beats including city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be the editor for and launch the Bay Area edition of Community Impact Newspaper. Today, he covers everything from aerospace to transportation to flood mitigation.