Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
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.
An update from the city of Sugar Land - Mayor Joe Zimmerman: June 11
Mayor Zimmerman provides the latest on the City’s response and recovery efforts in line with Phase 3 of the Governor’s Open Texas Plan.
What to know --
- Under Phase 3, all businesses in Texas are able to operate at up to 50% capacity, with very limited exceptions. Effective this Friday, June 12, restaurants may expand their occupancy levels to 75%.
- COVID-19 is still actively spreading throughout our county and the city is working with our partners to closely monitor the situation on a daily basis. We ask that you continue to remain vigilant and protect yourselves when you leave your home by following all CDC, state and local health authority guidelines.
- If you have questions or concerns as we continue to safely reopen Sugar Land, please contact 311 www.sugarlandtx.gov/311.
An update from Dr. Joe Anzaldua, city of Sugar Land health authority: May 27
As we slowly resume our normal lives under orders issued by Gov. Greg Abbott, we must continue to protect our most vulnerable populations. A strong economy is important, but the safety of our community will always be our first priority. Until we have a vaccine, we must learn to live with the threat of this disease. Dr. Joe Anzaldua, Sugar Land’s public health authority, has been working closely with staff and regional health officials to gradually reopen businesses and city facilities. A slow, phased approach has been developed that places a priority on the safety of our community while complying with the governor’s orders. These decisions are guided by close collaboration with the Fort Bend County Health Department and guidance from the CDC.