City of Katy Updates
- April 6, 2020 - 2020 COVID-19 Proclamation - Disaster Declaration
- March 23, 2020 - Ordinance 2946 - Declaring a Public Health Emergency
Beginning Monday, June 1 , 2020, Katy City Hall, the Police Station and Municipal Court will re-open their doors to the public. We are happy to welcome customers and residents back to City facilities; however, we encourage customers to continue to utilize virtual services when possible. For more information and detailed instructions on virtual services:
- Fire Department: www.cityofkaty.com/fire or call 281-391 3500
- Municipal Court: www.cityofkaty.com/court or call 281-391-4810
- Permit & Building Dept: www.cityofkaty.com/permits or call 281-391-4830
- Planning Dept: www.cityofkaty.com/planning or call 281-391-4842
- Police Department: www.cityofkaty.com/police or call 281-391-4848
- Utility Billing: www.cityofkaty.com/ub or call 281-391-4801
- Other Dept: www.cityofkaty.com/about/contact-us or call 281-391-4800
For individuals needing in-person assistance, view the Official Press Release for changes and safety recommendations at City facilities.
- The public will only be able to enter Katy City Hall from Avenue D. Public access will be restricted to only the Utility Billing and Permits & Building Departments on the first floor. The doors at Avenue C and 2nd Street will remain closed.
- When in line we ask that you remain 6 feet from each other. Markings will be provided on the floor.
- Mask or face coverings are strongly recommended for your health and safety, as well as our employees.
- Hand washing or using hand sanitizer upon entering and exiting buildings is recommended. A hand sanitizer station will be provided inside each building.
- We are asking that residents and businesses limit the number of people they bring into City facilities to help with the social distancing guidelines.
- For Parks & Recreation Department, field and court rentals will resume on June 1, 2020 at 9:00 AM via WebTrac, our new online software. In-person reservations will NOT be allowed at this time. Learn more at www.cityofkaty.com/parkreservations
The following City facilities will remain CLOSED:
- Fussell Senior Activity Center
- Woodsland Park Community Center
- Arboretum Building
- Katy Fire Station
- City of Katy Museums - by appointment ONLY
- Contact 281-391-4800 to schedule a visit.
Park & Recreation Department Updates:
- City of Katy events and programs are canceled until further notice
- City of Katy Parks are now open for public access. Field, court and outdoor facility rentals are now available via our new online software WebTrac. Indoor facilities, which include the Woodsland Park Community Center and the Arboretum Building, will remain closed until further notice. To view availability and to make a reservation, click here.
- Face masks and frequent hand washing continue to be highly recommended for public health and safety. Social distancing should still be practiced. You must adhere to all notices that have been posted within the park.
July 2nd, 2020 - Governor Greg Abbott has issued Executive Order 29 requiring all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces, with few exceptions, in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases.
The Governor also issued a proclamation giving mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of over 10. The order and proclamation will go into effect at 12:01pm on July 3rd, 2020.
Governor Greg Abbott has established the Strike Force to Open Texas—a team of nationally recognized medical experts and private and public leaders who will advise the Governor on how to safely and strategically restart and revitalize all aspects of the Lone Star State—work, school, entertainment, and culture.
In accordance with Governor Abbott’s Executive Orders, the following are the minimum recommended health protocols for Texas businesses and individuals.
Open Texas Checklists
Updated July 3, 2020
- All Employers and Event Organizers
- All Individuals
- Adult Recreational Sports Operators
- Adult Recreation Sport Participants
- Amusement Park Operators
- Amusement Park Visitors
- Barber Shops
- Barber Shop Customers
- Bowling Alleys, Bingo Halls, Simulcasting, Skating Rinks
- Bowling, Bingo, Simulcasting, Skating Customers
- Child Care Centers
- Child Care Families
- Cosmetology / Hair Salons
- Cosmetology / Hair Salon Customers
- Day Youth Camp Operators
- Day Youth Camp Families
- Driving Schools
- Fine Arts Performance Halls
- Fine Arts Performance Hall Patrons
- Gyms / Exercise Facilities
- Gym / Exercise Facility Patrons
- Massage and Personal-Care, Beauty Services
- Massage and Personal-Care, Beauty Service Customers
- Media Production
- Movie Theaters
- Movie Theater Customers
- Museums and Libraries
- Museum and Library Visitors
- Nail Salons
- Nail Salon Customers
- Office-Based Employers
- Office-Based Employees
- Outdoor Events
- Outdoor Motorsports Events
- Outdoor Sports Participants
- Overnight Youth Camp Operators
- Overnight Youth Camp Families
- Parks / Beaches / Bodies of Water
- Professional Sports Leagues
- Restaurant Customers
- Retail Customers
- Rodeo / Equestrian Events
- Tanning Salons
- Tanning Salon Customers
- Valet Parking
- Video Game Facilities
- Waterpark Operators
- Waterpark Visitors
- Wedding Venues
- Wedding Attendees
- Wedding Reception Venues
- Wedding Reception Attendees
- Youth Clubs
- Youth Club Participants
- Youth Sports Operators
- Youth Sports Families
- Zoos, Aquariums, Natural Caverns
- Zoo, Aquarium, Natural Cavern Visitors
As Previously Posted
- Special Guidance for Texans Over 65
- Low-COVID-19 Counties
- Churches and Places of Worship
- Church / Worship Attendees
- Bars and Bar Patrons
(All bars and similar establishments that receive more than 51% of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages are required to close at 12:00PM June 26, 2020. These businesses may remain open for delivery and take-out, including for alcoholic beverages, as authorized by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.)
Fort Bend County
For questions, information or clarification regarding the Orders or the definitions of essential/nonessential, please contact: Fort Bend County – 281-633-7795
- June 25, 2020 - Elective Surgeries Suspended in Harris Counties (Gov. Abbott Executive Order)
- June 19, 2020 - Health and Safety Policy and Face Coverings (extended to August 26th)
- April 22, 2020 - Use of Face Coverings
- April 3, 2020 - Stay Home, Work Safe Amendment
- March 31, 2020 - Stay Home, Work Safe Extension Order
- March 24, 2020 - Stay Home, Work Safe Order
For questions, information or clarification regarding the Orders or the definitions of essential/nonessential, please contact: Harris County - 713-274-7000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions, information or clarification regarding the Order and its application in Waller County, please contact 979-826-7700.
Find COVID-19 testing near you.Testing sites have specific instructions for getting tested. On the map, click on a testing site to see their instructions.
Who should be tested for COVID-19?
- Have a fever* above 100.4°F (38°C) and with respiratory symptoms
- Had close contact** with someone diagnosed with COVID-19
- Have other health conditions (diabetes, lung disease, heart disease, pregnancy)
- Are age 60 and older
- Are residents of nursing homes (or other senior living facility)
- Are part of an investigation of a cluster or an outbreak
- Are asymptomatic who believe they have been exposed to COVID-19
Priority is given to those who:
- Are Healthcare workers/First responders
- Are asymptomatic responders (law enforcement, public health officials, etc.)
Anyone who is sick needs to stay home. To protect yourself, wash your hands frequently with soap and water, cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue or inside elbow and maintain a distance of about from 6 feet or more from others. This is only an assessment tool and does not replace medical advice from a healthcare provider.
For questions or concerns contact the county you reside in:
Fort Bend County Health & Human Services
Harris County Public Health
For the general public
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer when you cannot wash your hands.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, use the elbow of your sleeve. Don’t use your hands to cover coughs and sneezes.
- Even if you are not ill, avoid visiting hospitals, long-term care facilities or nursing homes to the extent possible. If you do need to visit one of these facilities, limit your time there and keep six feet away from patients.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick, especially if you are at higher risk for coronavirus.
- Get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids, eat healthy foods, and manage your stress to keep your immunity strong.
- Clean household surfaces with standard cleaners.
For people at higher risk for severe COVID-19 Illness
People at higher risk of severe illness should stay home and away from large groups of people as much as possible, including public places and gatherings of more than 10 people where there will be close contact with others. Gatherings of seniors or other people at higher risk of severe illness should be canceled or postponed until health authorities have sufficient evidence it is safe to convene. Those at higher risk include:
- People 60 and older.
- People with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
- People with underlying health conditions (e.g. cancer, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, lung disease, mellitus, etc.)
- People who have weakened immune systems (HIV/AIDs, autoimmune disorders, etc.)
- Pregnant women.
- Caregivers of children with underlying health conditions should consult with their child’s healthcare providers about whether their children should quarantine.
Individuals that are at higher risk for severe COVID-19 illness should take actions to reduce their risk of becoming ill.
- Ensure enough supplies for you and your family.
- Take everyday precautions to keep space between themself and others.
- When in public, keep away from others who are sick, limit close contact and wash hands often.
- Avoid crowds as much as possible.
- Avoid cruise travel and non-essential air travel.
- During a COVID-19 outbreak in your community, stay home as much as possible to further reduce the risk of being exposed.
Have supplies on hand:
- Contact your healthcare provider to ask about obtaining extra necessary medications to have on hand in case there is an outbreak of COVID-19 in your community and you need to stay home for a prolonged period of time.
- If you cannot get extra medications, consider using mail-order for medications.
- Be sure you have over-the-counter medicines and medical supplies (tissues, etc.) to treat fever and other symptoms. Most healthier young people will be able to recover from COVID-19 at home.
- Ensure your healthcare provider is aware of your symptoms if they arise
- Have enough household items and groceries on hand so that you will be prepared to stay at home for a period of time.
HARRIS COUNTY RELIEF FUND
The Fund is open to all eligible low-income Harris County residents. The application will be open June 23 and 24. Apply by phone or online. Those eligible MUST:
- Have a household income below 60% Area Median Income (AMI), OR be accessing public benefits
- Have experienced negative economic impact related to the COVID-19 pandemic
- Has not received benefits from the following programs in 2020
- The City of Houston BakerRipley Rental Assistance Program,
- The Harris County Utility Assistance Program, or
- The Harris County COVID-19 Forgivable Loan Program
If you are an essential worker in need of childcare Collaborative for Children will match you with high-quality childcare that best suits your family's needs. And, you can apply for financial assistance to offset childcare expenses from Workforce Solutions. Essential workers and businesses include (but may not be limited to):
- Pharmacy and health care workers
- First responders
- Critical local and state government staff
- Mail and delivery service staff
- Nursing home, childcare, home health care, and other direct care providers
- Grocery store staff
- Gas station staff
- Bank staff
- Restaurant (with drive-through and delivery) staff
- Military personnel
- Any other workers deemed essential by the Texas Work Commission or Boards
National Domestic Violence Hotline: (800) 799-7233, (800) 787-3224 (TTY), or text LOVEIS to 22522
Economic Impact Payments
- Information on receiving your stimulus payment from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service
- Track your payment
Older Adults and Caregivers
The Aging Services Council of Central Texas have prepared a list of COVID-19 related resources for older adults. Visit the website for a list of resources or call the Aging and Disabilities Resource Center at 855.937.2372.
The U.S. Small Business Administration has multiple programs to assist business owners and their employees weather the economic storm caused by COVID-19 SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. In addition, the Paycheck Protection Program offers loans to help business retain their employees.
- SBA COVID-19 Small Business Guidance
- SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans
- SBA Paycheck Protection Program
Student Loans Payments
On March 27, 2020, the president signed the CARES Act into law, which, among other things, provides broad relief for federal student loan borrowers. If you’re concerned about your studies or loan repayment, Federal Student Aid can help you understand what to do.
If you are having thoughts of suicide, talk to someone who cares. Dial the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255 (TALK)
Unemployment - Apply for Unemployment Benefits
- For bill payment assistance - Apply for Texas COVID-19 Electricity Relief Program
- Call (866) 454-8387
Texans can dial 2-1-1 (option 6) for information on COVID-19 and local community resources on health care, utilities, food, housing and more.
Trusted Information Sources
Follow the following agencies for factual information about COVID-19:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Texas Department of Health and Human Services
- Fort Bend Health and Human Services
- Harris County Public Health
- Waller County
- World Health Organization
- U.S. Department of State – Travel
These call centers have been established to answers any questions or concerns regarding COVID-19.
Texas Department of State Health Services
7AM - 6PM, Monday-Friday
Harris County Public Health (HCPH)
9AM - 7PM, Everyday
Fort Bend County Health & Human Services
8AM - 5PM, Monday-Friday