This past month everyone’s attention has been focused on “Flattening the Curve” concerning COVID-19 and making sure the City does whatever is possible to keep our residents safe and healthy.
As we move into May the focus now needs to turn to Reopening our State and developing a plan to bring our Community back to normalcy and return our economy back to being the same or more productive, than before the onset of the Coronavirus.
This path to normalcy has started with the issuing of guidelines for the First and Second Phases of Reopening by Governor Abbott and have been supplemented by City Council.
Recovering from such a worldwide traumatic event is no easy task. It will require a comprehensive Public/Private Partnership with the first step to allow people to return to work as soon as it is safe to do so. Retail, Restaurants, Hotels, Short Term Rentals and Bed and Breakfasts are opening as we speak, with certain capacity and distancing restrictions and the remainder of businesses should reopen in approximately two weeks.
Now the hard part begins. Businesses will slowly move back to financial stability and unfortunately some will not reopen. Economists say there won’t be a fully functioning economy again until people are confident that they can go about their business without a high risk of catching the Virus.
This has been an unprecedented time that has tried our patience. But through this all, the vast majority of Galveston residents worked together to set an example for the State and Nation and to bring us to the point we are today. For that I say, from the bottom of my heart, Thank You !
The end is in sight and if we are looking to have our everyday and economic lives back as soon as possible, it is now more important than ever to take care of ourselves and follow the guidelines that have been established.
Have a Safe and Healthy May !