Galveston County TaskForce
In partnership between the Galveston County Health District and local chambers of commerce, Galveston County Judge Mark Henry has formed a county-wide COVID-19 Business TaskForce to respond to the needs of the business community during the pandemic.
Galveston County Promise
Amidst the pandemic, it is critical that all citizens adhere to safety precautions not only as a means to stay healthy but also to preserve the opportunity to engage, patronize and support small businesses in Galveston County.
Do you pledge to do your best to remain informed of the latest recommended health and safety guidelines, to sanitize your facility frequently, to provide personal protective equipment and sanitation tools to your staff, and to take all steps you can to protect your employees, customers, and the greater Galveston County community?
We urge residents to spend your money locally and support Galveston’s economy. How can you do this? If you need to order something, before purchasing at a large retailer online, call a local business who may sell the same or similar item. Many will be happy to set the item aside for you to pick up while still practicing safe social distancing. Many also offer online sales where you an order from your home. #buygalvestonfirst #supportgalveston #supportthemainland
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Small Business Loans through Local Banks
For information on applying for a Small Business Loans and other recovery options including Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), contact the local banks below for more details.
Galveston Economic Development Partnership leadership continues to actively monitor and evaluate contingencies necessary for the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on the business community.
COVID-19 business impact survey
We are dedicated to supporting our business community during this uncertain time. Please take a moment to let us know how your business is being impacted to help us best prioritize our efforts.
Local, State, and Federal Resources
Galveston Regional Chamber COVID-19 Employer Information
U.S. Chamber: Coronavirus Resource Page
This page contains links to resources on business resilience and disaster recovery.
Texas Workforce Commission – Rapid Response
At the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), the health and well-being of our employers, employees and communities is our top priority. We understand the concern and uncertainty you may be experiencing surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and are committed to being responsive to the needs of our customers as the situation evolves.
City of Galveston Updates
The City of Galveston has been under a Declaration of a Local State of Disaster related to the emergence of the COVID-19 since March 16. Visit their COVID-19 Response for more information.
Galveston Island Tourism Updates
Here on Galveston Island, our top priority is the safety, health, and wellbeing of our community, its residents, and visitors. We understand the concern and uncertainty you may be experiencing surrounding COVID-19 and are committed to being responsive to your needs and those of all our guests as the situation evolves.
While information on travel and cancelled or postponed events is constantly changing within the nation’s tourism industry, we are monitoring the situation closely. We are keeping those impacted by this situation in our hearts while still maintaining the level of care and service that our visitors have come to expect from the Galveston hospitality community.
Partners at the Galveston Island Convention Center and Visitors Bureau are keeping these lists updated:
Visit Galveston.com for updates and resources regarding the tourism industry.
Local schools and colleges are taking precautionary steps to protect students, faculty and staff by following the recommendations by the CDC to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
We encourage you to visit the following links for up-to-date information regarding Galveston ISD and institutions of higher education.
GISD announced that Galveston ISD will extend the suspension of normal district operations through Friday, April 10 in an effort to support the nation’s need to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Odyssey will remain closed through Friday, April 10 in an effort to support the nation’s need to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Galveston College is monitoring national, state and local developments of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Texas A&M University at Galveston’s first priority is the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, while supporting continued education and training in response to the Coronavirus, or COVID-19. The situation is fluid and evolving rapidly.
The Office of the Provost is closely monitoring developments with the novel coronavirus COVID-19, working with others in UTMB leadership and the four schools to assess risks and plan accordingly.
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CDC Disaster Resources:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Guidance for Businesses and Employers – CDC
- Risk Assessment Guidance – CDC
Small Business Administration Disaster Resources:
- U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Program
- SBA Disaster Assistance One-Pager
- SBA Coronavirus Disaster Loans
Other Health Resources:
- Texas Department of Health and Human Services
- Galveston County Health District
- United States Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS)
- WHO – Coronavirus Disease 2019
- UTMB Health