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Memorial Day weekend has long been considered the official start to summer in Galveston but amid the coronavirus pandemic, it looks and feels very different this year. While businesses and attractions are beginning to open, the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) encourages travelers to remain vigilant in protecting themselves and others from the coronavirus. Translation: Let’s all behave!

When it comes to visiting Galveston’s beaches, whether you live here or are visiting, social distancing is key. At beaches along the seawall you can look to the sky for best practices as a plane towing a banner will be circulating overhead reminding people to stay six feet apart. (Imagine your tall friend lying in the sand. Stay that far apart.)

Social distancing is also emphasized at area restaurants and bars. Bars were recently given the greenlight to open under Phase II mandates per Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. Yay!

For real. Some businesses require and/or ask you to wear a mask when you visit their store. Just do it.

Here’s the inside scoop if you plan to visit the island this weekend:

  • Galveston’s beaches are open to the public. They reopened on May 1 following the lifting of stay-at-home mandates brought about because of the coronavirus pandemic. The parks – including East Beach, Stewart Beach, Dellanera RV Park, Seawall beaches and west-end beaches are open and offer chair/umbrella rentals.
  • Restaurants may expand their occupancy to 50% beginning May 22. Bars—including wine-tasting rooms, craft breweries, and similar