Visit Bastrop Coronavirus Toolkit
Visit Bastrop Coronavirus Toolkit
Updated: March 31, 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.
The safety of our visitors and local community are of the utmost importance to Visit Bastrop. At this time, we ask that all leisure travelers keep loving us from a distance for now, postpone travel plans and come back again when travel is safe and viable. When normal returns and you’re ready, Visit Bastrop will be here to welcome you back.
IS IT SAFE TO TRAVEL TO BASTROP/STATE OF TEXAS?
- Travelers and locals should be aware of the following:
- Bastrop County Judge Paul Pape has ordered every resident in the county to stay home and stay safe, to the fullest extent possible, effective March 31, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. through April 30, 2020. Subject to extension.
- An executive order by Gov. Greg Abbott has been issued mandating a 14 day self-quarantine for individuals traveling to Texas as their final destination through an airport from the Tri-State Area of New York, New Jersey or Connecticut as well as the states of California, Louisiana and Washington, and the cities of Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; and Miami, Florida. This also applies to every person who enters Texas through roadways from Louisiana. This order to self-quarantine does not apply to people traveling in connection with military service, emergency response, health response, or critical-infrastructure functions, as may be determined by the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM). The order will remain in effect and in full force until modified, amended, rescinded, or superseded.
- Gov. Abbott also announced a series of Executive Orders relating to COVID-19 preparedness and mitigation. The four orders serve to limit public gatherings and help reduce exposure for people across the state. These orders are in accordance with federal guidelines issued by the President and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and will aid in the state's efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.
WHAT LODGING PROPERTIES IN BASTROP ARE OPEN AND/OR SAFE TO STAY IN IF NEEDED?
- Please contact select lodging property for information specific to their location.
WHAT ATTRACTIONS, BARS AND RESTAURANTS ARE OPEN IN BASTROP?
- Gov. Abbott has ordered everyone in Texas must avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants and food courts, but instead utilize drive-thru, pickup or delivery options effective March 20 through midnight April 3, 2020. He also ordered people must avoid visiting gyms or massage parlors. Order is subject to extension.
- Public access to City Facilities are temporarily closed.
- Some businesses may have additional precautionary measures. Please contact select businesses for information specific to their location.
WHAT OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES ARE STILL AVAILABLE IN BASTROP?
- All City of Bastrop parks are closed.
- Additional outdoor attractions in Bastrop may be closed. Please contact select businesses for information specific to their location.
HOW CAN I PROTECT MYSELF WHILE TRAVELING?
- Travelers are encouraged to always exercise healthy habits when away from home and to follow guidance issued by official sources of public health information.
- Gov. Abbott’s order directs everyone in Texas to avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people effective March 20 through midnight April 3, 2020. Order is subject to extension.
- Gov. Abbott’s order also directs everyone in Texas to not visit nursing homes, retirement or long-term care facilities unless providing critical assistance.
- City of Bastrop Mayor Connie Schroeder directs social distancing should be observed.
- If you travel for essential needs, 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.
- Texas Department of State Health Services
- Texas Coronavirus Resource Page
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
- Ashton LaFuente
- Direct: (512) 332-8993