City of Friendswood, Texas

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The City of Friendswood’s number one priority is the health and safety of our residents. The City continues to work with public health and emergency management officials throughout the region to ensure our communities remain prepared. We encourage community members to remain calm and prepared, and ask that you continue to follow public health guidance for COVID-19.

The City of Friendswood encourages businesses and the public to follow the advice of the CDC and the Galveston County Health District. It will take all of us, as a community, to slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect those who are older or may have a chronic medical condition. Let's do our part.

Do Your Part to Slow the Spread of the Coronavirus
From the CDC and the President's Coronavirus Guidelines for America. For more information, please visit coronavirus.gov

  • Work or engage in schooling from home whenever possible. 
  • If you work in a critical infrastructure, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, such as healthcare services and pharmaceutical and food supply, you have a special responsibility to maintain your normal work schedule. You and your employers should follow CDC guidance to protect your health at work. 
  • Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people. 
  • Avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts­. Use drive-thru, pick-up, or delivery options. 
  • Avoid discretionary travel, shopping trips, and social visits. 
  • Do not visit nursing homes or retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance. 

Practice Good Hygiene

  • Wash your hands, especially ofter touching any frequently used item or surface.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue, or the inside of your elbow.
  • Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces as much as possible.

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The City of Friendswood is taking proactive measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. We ask residents and guests of the city to limit in-person interactions and to practice social distancing. While most City services remain the same, there have been a few closures, cancellations, and postponements. We will continue to keep you updated of any changes.

July 4th Celebration - The committee is in discussion on the event and a possible contingency plan if needed due to COVID-19 concerns at this time. 

Cancelled

  • Youth Sports Day
  • Spring Sparkle
  • Easter in the Park
  • Youth Fishing Derby
  • Facility Rentals - Facility rentals between now and June 30 will be canceled or rescheduled. Tentative reservations for July can be made over the phone.

Closed

  • Senior Citizen ProgramClosed until further notice.
  • Stevenson Park - Stevenson Park remains open. However, the playground and splash pad are closed. If you plan to visit Stevenson Park during this time, please adhere to the 6 ft. social distance guidelines.
  • Friendswood I.S.D. - Closed remainder of the 2019-20 school year. For more information please visit https://myfisd.com/covid-19/
  • Clear Creek I.S.D. - Closed remainder of the 2019-20 school year. For more information please visit https://www.ccisd.net/cms/One.aspx?portalId=645487&pageId=93243886
  • Fire Stations - Fire Stations Closed to Public. If you have an emergency, call 9-1-1 immediately. Only FVFD personnel and City personnel are permitted inside the stations and bays. This is in accordance with the closer of City of Friendswood Buildings. FVFD will continue providing Emergency Services. The restricted access is to protect the health and readiness of our responders and to reduce risk to the public. All inquiries shall be made by calling 281-996-3360.

Reopenings

  • Friendswood Farmer's Market  - Saturday, June 6
  • Friendswood Public Library - Friendswood Library will reopen to patrons on Monday, June 1 at 10 a.m. with some special rules in place. Library hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. During this Phase 1, patrons will have a one-hour limit in the Library and you are asked to practice social distancing while browsing and at check-out. For everyone’s wellbeing, you are encouraged to wear a mask. Additional guidelines are posted in the Library. PLEASE DO NOT visit the Library if you are not feeling healthy.

    Library computers will be available by appointment only through the Reference Department. Some scanning and printing options are being offered.

    The Library’s Drive through window continues to be open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

    Anyone 18 years old or younger is encouraged to join the Friendswood Library’s Virtual Summer Reading Club, beginning June 1. Find more information and register at www.friendswood.lib.tx.us/youth-services/

    For additional details, please call the Friendswood Library at 281-482-7135.

  • City Buildings - City of Friendswood city buildings are open to the public again. Protective measures have been put in place due to COVID-19. You may be asked to have your temperature taken. Please try to do your business online or over the phone to reduce exposure. Staff will still be working and available to answer your questions and inquiries by phone or e-mail.  Utility Billing and the Galveston County Tax Office both have payment drop boxes on the side of City Hall.  Community Development will also have a drop box at the back door of City Hall (Stevenson Park side) to drop off permit applications and plans. 

    There are several city services available online as well:

    Water Bill Payments: https://www.municipalonlinepayments.com/Friendswoodtx/utilities

    Court Payments: https://www.municipalonlinepayments.com/Friendswoodtx/court/search

    Report Incidents to Police: https://p2c.friendswood.com/

    Submit Open Records requests: https://mygovhelp.us/FRIENDSWOODTX/_cs/supporthome.aspx

    Permitshttps://energov.friendswood.com/EnerGov_Prod/SelfService#/home
    Contractors and Owners can apply for the following types of residential permits online: 
    Re-Roof, Foundation Repair, 
    Siding Repair/Replacement, Driveway/Paving, Fence, Demolition, Electrical Alterations/Reconnect, Plumbing, Alterations, Mechanical Alterations/HVAC changeout, Tenant Occupancy, Irrigation, Inspections can also be viewed and requested online!

  • Stevenson Park - Volleyball courts, basketball courts, tennis courts, and all park bathrooms are open. If you plan to visit Stevenson Park during this time, please adhere to the 6 ft. social distance guidelines.

  • Centennial Park - Centennial Park basketball courts are open. If you plan to visit Centennial Park during this time, please adhere to the 6 ft. social distance guidelines.

  • Friendswood PetSafe Dog Park - Open

  • City Park Bathrooms - Open.

  • Parks & Recreation Fitness ProgramStarting June 1st, fitness classes will be offered online and in-person at select outdoor locations. To view the current fitness schedule, please visit  https://www.ci.friendswood.tx.us/fitness. Like and follow @friendswoodparkrec on Facebook to view the live fitness classes. 

  • Adult Sports - Adult Softball will resume June 14th.

  • Friendswood City Pool - Opens June 9th, Tuesday-Thursday 12pm-6pm and Friday-Sunday 12m-7pm. The pool facility will only be open to 50 guests at a time. Lap Swim-At least one lane will always be dedicated to lap swim during open swim. No pool party reservations allowed this year.

Regular Service

  • Waste Connections - Due to the growing concern surrounding COVID-19 and our employee’s health and safety, we ask that waste be secured in plastic garbage bags and placed in your cart, can, and or at curb as normal per the current guidelines specific to your area. This is to minimize our employees having direct contact with garbage during this time. For now in regards to recycling it is acceptable to continue putting loose material in your container or bins.
  • Simple Recycling - Your Simple Recycling pick-up is the same day as your regular recycling pick-up. If you need more orange bags go to https://simplerecycling.com/bag-request/.

Business Resources - Grants, Loans, & Assistance

Printable Resources - Print the following handouts and poster to post in your business, provided by the CDC.

Facts About COVID-19

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What You Need to Know

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What to do if your Sick

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Stop the Spread of Germs Poster

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Symptoms of Coronavirus 2019

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 Wash Your Hands 8.5 x 11 Poster

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Keep Calm 8.5 x 11 Poster

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Other Resources

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

This is a rapidly evolving situation. For up-to-date information, please visit CDC website.

Galveston County Health District https://www.gchd.org/about-us/news-and-events/2019-novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov

Galveston County Health District is working with local, state and federal partners to closely monitor Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), formerly known as 2019 Novel Coronavirus. Galveston County Health District information call center to answer questions about COVID-19. Galveston County Health District provides services for the City of Friendswood (both Harris and Galveston Counties) and as such, the residents of Friendswood should call the number provided.

Texas Department of State Health Services  https://dshs.texas.gov/news/updates.shtm#coronavirus

The Texas Department of State Health Services is tracking cases of the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. DSHS will update the state case count each day by noon Central Time.

Attorney General's Office

Texans who believe they have encountered price gouging should call the Office of the Attorney General’s toll-free complaint line at (800) 621-0508 or file a complaint online at https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/consumer-protection.

Small Business Guide & Loan Resources www.tdem.texas.gov

In order for Texas businesses to become eligible for emergency, low-interest bridge loans from the SBA to help you pay immediate costs such as your mortgage and payroll, a business from each of Texas’s 254 counties needs to show the SBA it has been negatively affected by the COVID-19 (coronavirus).

Here is what you can do to help: please complete the Economic Injury Worksheet in the link above.

Sending in this form will not financially obligate your business in any way. When the declaration is granted for the SBA emergency loan program, applicants will receive information on how to apply for their loan.

Senior Citizen Meals on Wheels Sponsored by Rotary https://bit.ly/COVIDMeals

The Friendswood Rotary Charitable Foundation is a 501c3 organization that is collecting funds to help members of the Friendswood community in the time of need during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

If you were affected negatively by COVID-19 and need assistance, Friendswood Rotary Foundation would like to help. Click the link to apply.

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Resources

For impacted individuals you can contact your mortgage company or landlord, your bank, and your utility company to request a hardship accommodation. Many have programs for those affected by COVID-19. You can also visit the Texas Department of Emergency Management to help find additional assistance and resources.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) 

This is a rapidly evolving situation. For up-to-date information, please visit CDC website.

Galveston County Health District 

Galveston County Health District is working with local, state and federal partners to closely monitor Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), formerly known as 2019 Novel Coronavirus. Galveston County Health District information call center to answer questions about COVID-19. Galveston County Health District provides services for the City of Friendswood (both Harris and Galveston Counties) and as such, the residents of Friendswood should call the number provided.

Texas Department of State Health Services 

The Texas Department of State Health Services is tracking cases of the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. DSHS will update the state case count each day by noon Central Time.

Attorney General's Office

Texans who believe they have encountered price gouging should call the Office of the Attorney General’s toll-free complaint line at (800) 621-0508.

Senior Citizen Meals on Wheels Sponsored by Rotary 

The Friendswood Rotary Charitable Foundation is a 501c3 organization that is collecting funds to help members of the Friendswood community in the time of need during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

If you were affected negatively by COVID-19 and need assistance, Friendswood Rotary Foundation would like to help. Click the link to apply.

Galveston County COVID-19 Daily Report

 

Harris County Public Health COVID-19 Daily Report

 

Office of the Governor 

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Face Mask Instructions

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COVID-19 Testing Information

Galveston County Testing Information
Testing is free and available by appointment only in Galveston, League City and Texas City. Call 832.632.6731 to make an appointment.

For more information on testing, please visit www.gchd.org/testing.

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Harris County Testing Information
All Harris County Public Health COVID-19 tests are FREE. Simply complete the online screening here https://covidcheck.hctx.net/ to schedule your test. Call 832 927 7575 if you don’t have access to the online tool.

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COVID-19 Symptoms

The health district continues to recommend those with symptoms call or contact their primary care physician to be screened for testing. There are also a number of urgent cares, emergency rooms, etc. that are testing. It is important the public calls first so that other patients are not potentially put at risk.

Symptoms

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases.

The following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, CALL your healthcare provider for further guidance.

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