(COVID-19) Archived Information

A message from mayor Joe Zimmerman: March 25

Fort Bend county has issued “stay home, work safe” orders through April 3. The actions taken by Fort Bend County and other counties and cities in the greater Houston region have not been taken lightly.  Covid-19 is a serious public health threat and community spread of the disease is occurring in the region. All residents should take these orders seriously.

Fort Bend County, Sugar Land and our other cities in Fort Bend county worked with Harris County, the city of Houston and other Harris County cities to balance the risk of imposing additional economic restrictions against that of overwhelming the healthcare system because of the continued spread of the covid-19 virus.  The county’s order ensures essential businesses remain open. Essential businesses are those people need to use daily, including hospitals and clinics, pharmacies, grocery stores, banks, gas stations, restaurant take-out and delivery, day cares for essential employees, hardware stores, and more. Visit the county’s website for the complete order that includes a comprehensive listing of essential businesses

Residents may leave their homes to go for walks or runs, but should practice social distancing of 6-feet to prevent the spread of this disease. The city’s parks remain open, but playgrounds, restrooms, pavilions and other parks facilities are closed.  A list of city closures is posted at http://www.sugarlandtx.gov/1963/CancelationsClosures.

The city continues to work closely with the health department and Sugar Land’s local health authority and meet on a daily basis to ensure city leaders have all the facts and make decisions based on advice from health experts. For accurate and reliable information, please be sure to visit the following resources. They are the authoritative sources of information:

Please also check the Fort Bend County COVID-19 Response Hub at https://covid-19-fort-bend-county-response-fbcgis.hub.arcgis.com/ .

Update from the County Judge: March 24, 4:30 p.m.

County Judge KP George, In coordination with Fort Bend County Mayors and the Fort Bend County Health & Human Services Director, Dr. Jacquelyn Minter, has issued a Stay at Home Order effective March 24, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

The Fort Bend County Health & Human Services Department is managing the local response.

The city continues to work closely with the health department and Sugar Land’s local health authority and meet on a daily basis to ensure city leaders have all the facts and make decisions based on advice from health experts

For questions about this order

We ask that you don’t call our dispatch center with your questions/concerns about the Fort Bend County Judge’s ‘STAY HOME TO SAVE LIVES’ order.

Please call 281-633-7795 or email: Fbcovid19@fortbendcountytx.gov.

An update from Mayor Joe Zimmerman: March 20, 3:15 p.m.

Mayor Zimmerman encourages residents to avoid large crowds and practice social distancing, but the City has not shut down and grocery stores are open. With social distancing in mind, private businesses and corporations within Sugar Land also continue to operate by practicing telecommuting and shift modifications. We continue to maintain strong partnerships with our business community and want to encourage the support of our local restaurants by participating in drive-through. We have heard from our business community, and the majority of the office workers are working remote and our manufacturers remain open while practicing social distancing and modified shifts. We have several businesses that are providing essential products and services to the healthcare and grocery industry. While the situation is rapidly evolving, these business currently remain open to support the community by implementing practical preventative measures to mitigate risks to their workforce and customers.

For accurate and reliable information, please be sure to visit the following resources. They are the authoritative sources of information.

UPDATE: March 17, 6:45 p.m.

By order of Mayor Joe R. Zimmerman, all Sugar Land restaurants and other establishments that serve food will be limited to take-out, delivery and drive-through services.

Order by the Mayor of Sugar Land

All Sugar Land bars and other business establishments that serve alcohol and do not serve food will close for operation -- including nightclubs, lounges, taverns or arcades and private clubs. These measures are effective at 11:59 p.m. tonight and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on March 31.

Violations should be reported to the city for follow-up compliance efforts.

In addition, all other gatherings at places such as gyms, theaters and shopping malls should be limited to no more than 10 people.

These measures follow actions based on new guidelines issued by Fort Bend County and the Centers for Disease Control. They are intended to protect the public and help limit the spread of COVID-19 in the greater Houston region, and they are consistent with the city of Sugar Land’s disaster declaration that follows Fort Bend County’s guidelines and actions taken by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. 

The following community mitigation initiatives continue through March 27, at which time the restrictions will be reevaluated.  

  • Any event of more than 10 people sponsored or permitted by the city of Sugar Land will cease.
    • This includes The Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land.
    • This also includes Constellation Field.
  • Municipal Court appearances, trials and arraignments are canceled. All cases will be reset.
  • The Imperial Park Recreation Center and the Sugar Land Heritage Museum and Visitor Center are closed.
  • All community meetings sponsored by the city will be postponed. These include Sugar Land 101, the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council and task force meetings.
  • The city’s block party trailer will be unavailable, and park rentals for events of more than 10 people will cease. Contact the IPRC at (281) 275-2885 for rescheduling or refunds.
  • The T.E. Harman Center is closed due to its members being at greater risk.
    • Other gatherings of seniors or other people at higher risk of severe illness should be canceled or postponed.  Those at higher risk include people 60 and older, people with underlying health conditions (e.g. heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, mellitus, cancer, hypertension, etc.), people who have weakened immune systems and pregnant women.
  • Washing hands and cleaning surfaces remains important, so the city of Sugar Land will not discontinue water service for anyone through March 27; however, outstanding bills will not be waived.
  • Any event or community gathering of more than 10 people held at private facilities are urged to cancel but should make those determinations within their organizations and with staff of those facilities.
  • Events under 10 people should be considered for postponement.
  • Nursing homes and senior living centers should limit visitation of the public within their facilities.
  • Employers should take steps to make it more feasible for their employees to work in ways that minimize close contact with large numbers of people. Maximize telecommuting options and consider staggering start and end times.
  • Senior living facilities, assisted living facilities, and other facilities with populations at higher risk for COVID-19 should limit interactions with the general public. This includes reducing large gatherings, limiting programs with external staff, consider having residents stay inside, limiting visitors and screening people entering the facility.
  • Faith-based organizations and communities should implement social distancing measures to minimize close contact with groups of 10 or more people. This includes group congregation and religious services, especially for organizations who are at increased risk.

The International Art and Kite Festival is scheduled for after March 27, but it has been canceled.

The Fort Bend County Health and Human Services Department is managing the local response. The city continues to work closely with the health department and Sugar Land’s local health authority and meet on a daily basis to ensure city leaders have all the facts and make decisions based on advice from health experts. At this time, the city remains open for normal business; however, non-essential meetings and activities are being curtailed.

For accurate and reliable information, please be sure to visit the following resources. They are the authoritative sources of information.

Disaster Declaration | March 13, 2020

To protect the public and help limit the spread of COVID-19 in the greater Houston region, the city of Sugar Land has declared a disaster declaration that follows guidelines issued by Fort Bend County and actions taken by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.  

The following community mitigation initiatives take effect immediately and will extend through March 27, at which time the restrictions will be reevaluated.

  • Any event of more than 250 people sponsored or permitted by the city of Sugar Land will cease.
    • This includes The Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land.
    • This also includes Constellation Field.
  • Municipal Court appearances, trials and arraignments are canceled. All cases will be reset.
  • The T.E. Harman Center is closed due to its members being at greater risk.
    • Other gatherings of seniors or other people at higher risk of severe illness should be canceled or postponed.  Those at higher risk include people 60 and older, people with underlying health conditions (e.g. heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, mellitus, cancer, hypertension, etc.), people who have weakened immune systems and pregnant women. 
  • Washing hands and cleaning surfaces remains important, so the city of Sugar Land will not discontinue water service for anyone through March 27; however, outstanding bills will not be waived.
  • Any event greater than 250 people held at private facilities are urged to cancel but should make those determinations within their organizations and with staff of those facilities.
  • Events under 250 people should be considered for postponement.
  • Nursing homes and senior living centers should limit visitation of the public within their facilities.
  • Employers should take steps to make it more feasible for their employees to work in ways that minimize close contact with large numbers of people. Maximize telecommuting options and consider staggering start and end times.
  • Senior living facilities, assisted living facilities, and other facilities with populations at higher risk for COVID-19 should limit interactions with the general public. This includes reducing large gatherings, limiting programs with external staff, consider having residents stay inside, limiting visitors and screening people entering the facility.
  • Faith-based organizations and communities should implement social distancing measures such as reducing activities like group congregation and religious services, especially for organizations who are at increased risk.

The International Art and Kite Festival is scheduled for after March 27, but it has been canceled. 

The Fort Bend County Health and Human Services Department is managing the local response. The city continues to work closely with the health department and Sugar Land’s local health authority and meet on a daily basis to ensure city leaders have all the facts and make decisions based on advice from health experts. At this time, the health department says the threat in Sugar Land and Fort Bend County remains low, so the city remains open for normal business; however, non-essential meetings and activities are being curtailed. 

For accurate and reliable information, please be sure to visit the following resources. They are the authoritative sources of information.

A COVID-19 update from Mayor Joe Zimmerman and Dr. Joe Anzaldua, Sugar Land public health authority | March 6, 2020

Message from Sugar Land’s public health authority | March 5, 2020

Dr. Joe Anzaldua, Sugar Land’s public health authority, continues to work closely with local, state and federal health officials responding to the worldwide outbreak of COVID-19.

For accurate information and updates:

Message Highlights

  • Local city officials and our first responders here in Sugar Land are staying on top of the situation, and are working closely with local, state and federal health officials on this matter.
  • As this epidemic unfolds, we are continuously reviewing and updating our emergency management operations and protocols here in Sugar Land to ensure the safety, health and welfare of our citizens.
  • We will continue to participate in daily briefings with the state of Texas in conjunction with the CDC to make sure that we are getting the latest information.
  • In addition, our local healthcare providers and hospitals are working together with public health officials to assist in containing the spread of the virus and providing the necessary medical care.
  • According to Fort Bend County Health and Human Services, this is a serious public health threat, and county residents should plan for community spread and take everyday precautions.
  • Public health measures such as quarantine, isolation and travel restrictions are being implemented which will definitely help control the spread of this virus. In addition, medications and vaccinations are currently being studied with clinical trials underway with the expectation that these tools will become available to the general public in the next few months.
  • So remember to cover your mouth and your nose when coughing and sneezing, and make sure to wash your hands on a regular basis. Also, if you are sick with flu-like symptoms, especially if you are running a fever, please stay home and call your primary care provider for further instructions.

A Statement from Sugar Land’s Public Health Authority | Friday, January 24,2020

Dr. Joe Anzaldua, Sugar Land’s public health authority, is working closely with regional and state public health officials as part of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s investigation into the worldwide outbreak of the novel coronavirus. The CDC believes that the immediate risk to the American public continues to be low at this time, but the situation continues to evolve rapidly.

There is currently no vaccine to prevent 2019-nCoV infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses include:

  • washing hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
  • avoid the touching of eyes, noses, and mouths with unwashed hands;
  • avoid close contact with people who are sick;
  • staying home when sick;
  • covering coughs or sneezes with tissues, then throwing the tissues in the trash; and
  • cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Anyone who believes they may have been exposed to coronavirus should contact a healthcare provider immediately.  Steps are being taken to assist medical providers to prepare for the possible increase in coronavirus cases. Anyone with flu-like symptoms who has recently traveled to China (since Dec. 1, 2019) should immediately report this information to medical staff when seeking treatment at an emergency room or urgent care center.  This information will alert staff to immediately provide a surgical mask and flag medical records to obtain a more detailed history, as well as allow medical staff to take necessary precautions for themselves and for other patients.