City of Galveston closes bars, limits restaurant service

The City of Galveston has shut down amusement venues including bars and barred restaurants from providing dine-in services. The city says this move is in line with federal guidelines regarding public gatherings during the COVID-19 crisis.

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The order goes into effect at 4 p.m. on March 17. Restaurants will be limited to just carry-out, delivery and drive-thru operations. Hotels will still be allowed to serve guests only. Bars are being forced to close at 4 p.m.

"We tried making allowances for hotels which have restaurants in their facilities where they can continue to serve their patrons," he said. "Those will be allowed to stay in operation."

The shutdown also closes amusement venues like the Pleasure Pier and Moody Gardens.

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