Visit Bastrop Coronavirus Toolkit
Visit Bastrop Coronavirus Toolkit
Updated: October 9, 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.
IS IT SAFE TO TRAVEL TO BASTROP/STATE OF TEXAS?
Travelers and locals should be aware of the following:
- 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.
- 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.
- Governor Greg Abbott has issued Executive Order 29 requiring all Texans to wear a facemask covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces, with few exceptions, in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases. 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 governor also issued a proclamation giving mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings over 10.
- 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 October 14, 2020, restaurants may operate for dine-in service up to 75% of the total listed occupancy inside the restaurant; outdoor dining is not subject to an occupancy limit; and restaurant employees and contractors are not counted towards the occupancy limitations.
Bar Update: Per Governor Abbott, effective October 14, 2020, the County Judge of each county may choose to opt in with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) to allow bars or similar establishments to operate for in-person service up to 50% of the total listed occupancy inside the bar or similar establishment, but not all customers must be seated while eating or drinking at the bar or similar establishment. Bars must stop serving alcohol at 11:00PM each day.
Retail/Shopping Update: Per Governor Abbott, effective September 17, 2020, non CISA retailers may operate up to 75% of the total listed occupancy. In addition, non-CISA retailers may operate through pick up, delivery by mail, or delivery to the customers doorstep. Shopping malls may operate at up to 75% of the total listed occupancy limitations.
- Attraction Update: Attractions and amusement parks contained in counties with less than 1,000 cumulative positive cases of COVID-19 may operate up to 50% of the normal operating limits as determined by the attraction or amusement park operator.
WHAT OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES ARE STILL AVAILABLE IN BASTROP?
- Texas State Parks are open.
- McKinney Roughs Nature Park is open.
- Lake Bastrop North and South Shore are open for day use and overnight reservations.
- Bastrop city parks are open.
- 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.
Local Resources: follow these local partners for real time updates and information:
- Texas Department of State Health Services
- Texas Coronavirus Resource Page
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
- Ashton LaFuente
- Direct: (512) 332-8993