Coronavirus (COVID-19)  Information

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An update from Dr. Joe Anzaldua, city of Sugar Land health authority: July 3

As we get ready for the July Fourth weekend, Dr. Joe Anzaldua, Sugar Land’s public health authority, reminds everyone to keep their guard up and stay safe.  Positive cases in our region are increasing at an alarming rate. The good news is that we can flatten this trend by complying with current orders issued by the governor and the county judge. Wear a mask, maintain physical distancing and practice hand hygiene. This is all we have until we get a vaccine.

Update: July 2

Governor Greg Abbott has issued Executive Order 29 requiring all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces, with few exceptions, in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases. Open Texas checklists are being updated consistent with this order and will be posted after noon on Friday, July 3, 2020.

The Governor also issued a proclamation giving mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of over 10.

Update: June 30

County Judge KP George’s Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health and Order on Facial Coverings for Commercial Entities was extended by the Commissioners’ Court to continue through July 31, 2020. The order requires all commercial entities with a physical location within Fort Bend County providing goods and services directly to the public, must require that all employees and visitors to their business premises or other facilities to wear face coverings.

An update from the city of Sugar Land: June 25

Fort Bend County’s mask order took effect today and supersedes Sugar Land’s mask order relating to businesses and commercial entities. The county’s order requires commercial entities’ employees and visitors to wear face coverings when in an area or performing activity that involves close proximity with co-workers or the public. Failure of the commercial entity to comply with the requirements may result in a fine up to $500 for each violation. Violations may be reported to 311 or 281-275-2900.

Sugar Land’s mask order will continue to provide guidance on city facilities such as City Hall, other municipal buildings and facilities, and all outdoor public areas. Face coverings do not need to be worn in public areas when exercising outside or engaging in outside physical activity. Read Sugar Land’s full order for other details. Sugar Land’s order is intended to supplement the county’s order to slow the transmission of COVID-19 and keep Sugar Land safe; however, Executive Order GA-26 issued by Gov. Greg Abbott does not allow civil or criminal penalties for failure to wear a face covering in public. Sugar Land’s order follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; the Texas Department of State Health Services; and Sugar Land’s public health authority, Dr. Joe Anzaldua.

An update from the city of Sugar Land: June 23

Sugar Land Mayor Joe R. Zimmerman has signed a mask order through July 7 to slow the transmission of COVID-19 and keep Sugar Land safe. The order follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; the Texas Department of State Health Services; and Sugar Land’s public health authority, Dr. Joe Anzaldua. Effective immediately, all businesses must require employees or visitors to wear face coverings when 6 feet of separation is not feasible. Non-compliance could result in a fine of up to $1,000 for business owners. Violations should be reported to 311 or (281) 275-2900. The order also requires face coverings to be worn in public areas where it is difficult to maintain 6 feet of separation; however, Executive Order GA-26 issued by Gov. Greg Abbott does not allow civil or criminal penalties for failure to wear a face covering in public.

  1. Additional Information and Updates

    July 9
    • Governor Greg Abbott today issued a Proclamation (amending GA-27) suspending elective surgeries in hospitals in all counties located within 11 Trauma Service Areas (TSAs) in Texas.

    July 8
    • Know Your Risk Chart
      The Texas Medical Association released a ranking of certain common activities (like opening the mail, pumping gasoline, attending social events, etc...) and their asociated risk of contracting COVID-19.
    July 2

    June 30

    June 26

    • Executive order by Governor Abbott limiting certain businesses and services
      The governor’s June 26 order requires bars and establishments that receive more than 51 percent of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages to close by noon today (June 26). Restaurants must revert to 50 percent occupancy levels beginning Monday, June 29. The order also requires any outdoor gathering of 100 or more people be approved by local governments. 

    June 22
    June 19
  1. Wear that Face Mask