Katy, Fulshear to reopen city buildings on limited basis June 1

Katy City Hall will reopen to the public on a limited basis beginning June 1. (Nola Z. Valente/Community Impact Newspaper)
Katy City Hall will reopen to the public on a limited basis beginning June 1. (Nola Z. Valente/Community Impact Newspaper)

Katy City Hall will reopen to the public on a limited basis beginning June 1. (Nola Z. Valente/Community Impact Newspaper)

Gov. Greg Abbott announced the plan May 18 for the second phase of reopening the state during the coronavirus pandemic. The cities of Katy and Fulshear have provided information on their own reopening plans a day later.

Both Katy and Fulshear plan to reopen their city buildings with limited public access starting June 1, according to a May 19 press release from the city of Katy and Fulshear City Manager Jack Harper at the May 19 regular Fulshear City Council meeting.

Although the city of Katy did not provide specific details in the release about how it will reopen with limited access, Harper gave some insight for Fulshear’s plan, which includes slowly increasing staffing levels in city offices.

“The buildings will be open to get into the foyer areas,” he said. “So if you have to pay your water bill or ... you need to go look at a plat or deliver a plat, it will mean that you can go inside the city facilities, but as of now you can just go in the foyer area, the lobby area, and you could still transact business in that manner.”

Additionally, the city of Katy plans to reopen its dog park—located at 5414 Franz Road, Katy—on May 22, per the release. However, attendees will not have access to the park’s restrooms, dog-washing stations or benches.

Katy will also allow field and court rentals to begin again June 1, but the Fussell Senior Activity Center and Woodsland Park Community center will remain closed, per the release.

Fulshear is debating plans on whether to host the annual Fulshear Freedom Fest in July, Harper said. The decision will be made in the coming days or weeks.

Harper added that many cities within Fort Bend County have already decided to cancel their Fourth of July celebrations.

“On the one hand, that would be good: A lot more people would be coming to Fulshear,” he said “But on the other hand, that might make things a little bit tricky as far as trying to ensure the protocols for staying safe and maintaining social distancing."
By Jen Para
Jen joined Community Impact Newspaper in fall 2018 as the editor of the Katy edition. She covers education, transportation, local government, business and development in the Katy area.


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