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.
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. last night March 17th 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.
- Bars must suspend service.
- Restaurants must limit service to delivery, take-out and pick-up options instead of sit-down dining.
- 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.
- Texas Department of Health and Human Services
- Fort Bend Health and Human Services
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)