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Visit Bastrop Coronavirus Toolkit

Visit Bastrop Coronavirus Toolkit

Updated: July 1, 2020

Visit Bastrop continues to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak with guidance from local and state officials, along with tourism industry partners to ensure the most accurate and timely information is provided to visitors on this topic. See our "Safe. Clean. Ready." initiative geared towards providing a standard of sanitation efforts for businesses as well as providing awareness of those efforts to our community and visitors. See what businesses are taking the pledge.

FAQS

IS IT SAFE TO TRAVEL TO BASTROP/STATE OF TEXAS?

Travelers and locals should be aware of the following:​

  • Per Mayor Connie Schroeder, effective June 30, 2020 at 7:00PM, all business entities with premises within the Bastrop city limits must develop and implement as COVID-19 Safety Policy. The policy must require, at a minimum, that all employees, costumers, clients, patients, staff or visitors of the business wear face coverings over their noses and mouths when on the business entity's premises and six feet of separation from other persons is not feasible.  Exceptions to this mandates include:
     
    • the person is under the age of ten years old (while noting that the U.S. CDC recommends face coverings for persons two years of age and older); or
    • when exercising outside or engaging in physical activity outside; or
    • while driving alone or with passengers who are part of the driver's household; or
    • when wearing a face covering would hinder the performance of a service or procedure; or
    • when doing so poses a mental or physical health, safety, or security risk; or
    • while in a building or conducting an activity that requires security surveillance or screening, for example, banks; or
    • when consuming food or drink; or
    • when the person is unable to remove a face covering without assistance.
       
  • The safety of our visitors and local community are of the utmost importance to Visit Bastrop. Travelers to Bastrop should continue to observe the health recommendations of national and local public health officials, as they plan to travel, when they travel, and when they are visiting any destination.
     
  • Per Governor Abbott, effective June 26, 2020, restaurants may operate for dine-in service up to 75% of the total listed occupancy inside the restaurant until 12:01am on June 29, at which time such restaurants may only operate at up to 50% of the total listed occupancy. Restaurants may continue to provide to-go or delivery services including alcoholic beverages. 
     
  • Per Governor Abbott, effective June 26, 2020, bars or similar establishments that hold a permit from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) and are not restaurants must close at 12:00PM June 26, 2020; provided, however, that the use of such bars or similar establishments of drive-thru, pick-up or delivery options for food and drinks is allowed to the extent authorized by TABC. 
  • Visit Bastrop is working hard to maintain current information about accommodations, popular attractions, dining and shopping options on our website. Some have resumed operations as they can while other businesses are remaining closed to the public, and providing curbside, to-go and delivery options. We encourage you to check individual websites and social channels to confirm operating hours.
     
  • Visit Bastrop has created the "Safe. Clean. Ready" initiative geared towards providing a standard of sanitation efforts for businesses as well as providing awareness of those efforts to our community and visitors. See what businesses are taking the "Safe. Clean. Ready." pledge.
     
  • Additional outlines of the order can be found on the Office of the Texas Governor website. The Governor's new and preexisting orders can be found here.

WHAT LODGING PROPERTIES IN BASTROP ARE OPEN AND/OR SAFE TO STAY IN IF NEEDED?

  • Hyatt Regency Lost Pines and all other hotels/motels are open and accepting reservations. 
  • Lake Bastrop Parks are open and accepting reservations. 
  • Bastrop State Park is open and accepting reservations. 
  • Please contact select lodging property for information specific to their location.

WHAT ATTRACTIONS, BARS AND RESTAURANTS ARE OPEN IN BASTROP?

  • Restaurant Update: Per Governor Abbott, effective June 26, 2020, restaurants may operate for dine-in service up to 75% of the total listed occupancy inside the restaurant until 12:01am on June 29, at which time such restaurants may only operate at up to 50% of the total listed occupancy. Restaurants may continue to provide to-go or delivery services including alcoholic beverages. 

  • Bar Update: Per Governor Abbott, effective June 26, 2020, bars or similar establishments that hold a permit from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) and are not restaurants must close at 12:00PM June 26, 2020; provided, however, that the use of such bars or similar establishments of drive-thru, pick-up or delivery options for food and drinks is allowed to the extent authorized by TABC. 

  • Attraction Update: Attractions and amusement parks shall operate at no more than 50% of the normal operating limits as determined by the owner.   Please visit select attraction partners for information specific to their location.
     

WHAT OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES ARE STILL AVAILABLE IN BASTROP?

  • Texas State Parks are open.
  • Lake Bastrop North and South Shore are open for day use and overnight reservations.  
  • Per City Council, effective Friday, May 8, 2020, public access to city parks is restricted to hike & bike trails and the boat ramps at both Fisherman's and Bob Bryant Park.
    • The use of personal protective equipment (PPE) is highly encourages for your safety and the safety of others. 
  • Bastrop offers an abundances of outdoor activities that are safe to experience at this time. Hiking, biking and bird-watching, to name a few. Check out our outdoor recreational offerings. 

HOW CAN I PROTECT MYSELF WHILE TRAVELING?

  • Wash your hands, refrain from touching your face, respect a social distance of six feet and stay home if you are feeling sick. 
  • Public officials recommend visiting open businesses with COVID-19 health recommendations in mind.
  • Travelers are encouraged to always exercise healthy habits when away from home and to follow guidance issued by official sources of public health information. City of Bastrop Mayor Connie Schroeder directs social distancing should be observed.
  • If you choose to travel, it’s recommended by the CDC to take the following routine precautions:
    • Avoid contact with sick people.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Clean your hands often by washing them with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains 60%–95% alcohol. Soap and water should be used if hands are visibly dirty.
      • It is especially important to clean hands after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
    • Additional Healthy Travel Practices from the CDC
    • Additional Prevention & Treatment Information

HOW CAN I SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES IN BASTROP?

  • There are several ways you can continue to support local businesses reliant on tourism. Consider purchasing gift cards, order delivery or take-out, make a donation, shop local online or show support with words of encouragement on social media.

RESOURCES

Local Resources: follow these local partners for real time updates and information: 

Additional Resources

Tourism Resources

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