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An update from the city of Sugar Land - March 8

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott recently issued a new executive order that rescinds most of his earlier executive orders.  Effective Wednesday, all businesses of any type may open to 100 percent capacity, and there will no longer be a statewide mask mandate in Texas.  The city of Sugar Land has worked closely with its local health authority, Dr. Joe Anzaldua, to review the governor’s recent order and identify safety measures for all city facilities. Current safety measures will remain in place for all city facilities. These measures are consistent with the governor’s recommendation to continue following safety protocols and mitigation measures that ensure the safety of the Sugar Land community.

All employees, visitors and contractors entering a city facility must:

  • wear face coverings;
  • maintain safe distance; and
  • utilize temperature screening kiosks at facility entrances. 

Hygiene and PPE supplies will continue to be provided. The procedures follow guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Texas Department of State Health Services and the city’s local health authority. Other safety measures follow:

  • Government meetings and citizen engagement programs will be held online.
  • Masks are encouraged at city parks for those not able to maintain safe distance. 
  • All court hearings are being conducted virtually.
  • Building Safety/Permits and Inspections, City Secretary and Treasury are accepting in-person customers by appointment only.  

For a complete list of city services -- including cancelations, closures and re-openings -- visit www.sugarlandtx.gov/ServiceImpacts.  

The governor’s order allows businesses to require masks and limit capacity. Citizens must comply with safety measures implemented by businesses or choose to shop elsewhere. Failure to comply could result in criminal trespass charges. 

According to Anzaldua, experts caution that herd immunity has not yet been achieved, so current mitigation strategies remain important, including and especially wearing face masks. This is consistent with recommendations from infectious disease experts and especially the CDC.

  • Continue to take the simple precautions to stay safe, especially wearing properly fitted face masks.
  • Wash hands regularly, avoid touching faces, maintain safe distance from others and routinely disinfect surfaces.
  • And of course, take advantage of COVID 19 vaccines when eligible to receive one. These vaccines are safe, and they are import. 

It is estimated that at least 75 percent of Texans need to achieve immunity to COVID-19 to reach herd immunity. As of March 1, only about 6.8 percent of the 29 million Texans have been fully vaccinated.  For more updates, visit www.sugarlandtx.gov/covid.