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Updates Regarding COVID 19

Current Status as of 10:25 AM Monday, June 1, 2020

As news about the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is ongoing, the City of Freeport is actively monitoring the situation and taking the proper precautions to limit the spread of illness. The City will continue to assess the situation daily, and follow guidance provided by the CDC and the Brazoria County Health Department. We will update residents regularly about future closures and impacts to the community through the City’s website and social media pages. Residents are asked to comply with current Stay Safe at Home Order and practice Social Distancing. 

Positive Cases In Freeport

Freeport currently has two active cases of COVID-19. The City of Freeport has had a total of 12 cases of COVID 19 - of those, nine have recovered. For the latest updates, please see Brazoria County’s website

All COVID-19 cases are being investigated by the Brazoria County Health Department.

Residents who have questions concerning COVID-19 can call the Brazoria County COVID-19 Information Line at 979-864-2167, for non-health related questions call 979-864-1898, Monday – Friday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Saturday 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

For testing locations please see Brazoria County's homepage

CDC Recommends Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission. Please click here to learn more about using face coverings

Openings in Texas

Newly opened services are subject to recommended minimum standard health protocols outlined by DSHS. These protocols are available on the Open Texas webpage

Beginning May 31: Day Youth and Overnight Camps, Professional Sports (without in-person spectators), and Youth Sports Operators may open with restrictions.

Beginning May 22: Bars, Bowling Alleys, Bingo Halls, Simulcasting, Skating Rinks, Rodeo/Equestrian Events, Zoos, Aquariums, and Natural Caverns may open with 25% occupancy and other restrictions. 

Beginning May 18: Child Care Centers, Massage and Personal-Care, Beauty Services, Youth Clubs, Gyms / Exercise Facilities, Manufacturers, and Office-Based Employers may open with 25% occupancy and other restrictions

Beginning May 8, by way of Executive Order (GA-21)cosmetology salons, hair salons, barber shops, nail salons and shops, and other establishments where licensed cosmetologists or barbers practice their trade, may open, but all such salons, shops, and establishments must ensure at least six feet of social distancing between operating work stations. Tanning salons may also reopen under the same limitation. Also starting May 8, swimming pools may open subject to certain limitations, including on their occupancy or operating levels.

Beginning May 1, by way of Executive Order (GA-18), all retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters, and malls are permitted to reopen. These services must limit their capacity to 25% of their listed occupancy. Within shopping malls, the food-court dining areas, play areas, and interactive displays and settings must remain closed.
All museums and libraries may open under the same 25% occupancy limitation, but interactive areas of museums must remain closed. State libraries and museums will open by May 1, and local public museums and libraries may reopen only if permitted by the local government. Single-person offices may reopen as well.
Churches and places of worship remain open. Outdoor sports are allowed to resume so long as no more than four participants are playing together at one time. Certain social distancing practices must also be followed. Local government operations, including county and municipal government operations relating to permitting, recordation, and document-filing services, may reopen as determined by the local government.

Click here for the Governor's official Press Release issued April 27 announcing Phase One To Open Texas and Establish Statewide Minimum Standard

US Guidelines for Opening Up America Again

President Trump has unveiled Guidelines for Opening Up America Again, a three-phased approach based on the advice of public health experts. These steps are intended to help guide state and local officials when reopening their economies, getting people back to work, and continuing to protect American lives. Please click here to view the guidelines. 

County Judge Matt Sebesta addresses State Inmate Transfer

Please click here to read the full letter from the County Judge regarding the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) recent transfer of COVID-19 positive cases to Brazoria County prison units.

Shop Local, Support Freeport Food Businesses

Please click here for a list of Freeport Businesses currently open. 

Texas COVID-19 Electricity Relief Program – Bill Payment Assistance

If you need help paying bills, the Texas COVID-19 Electricity Relief Program can help. This program is designed to help those who can’t pay bills due to unemployment or economic hardship caused by COVID-19. Click here to learn more

Be Aware of Scams

Driveway Paving: Brazoria County has been notified that a group of people impersonating Brazoria County Road & Bridge personnel is trying to charge to pave personal driveways. These individuals are not County personnel. County employees have ID's, uniforms with a County Seal and will be driving County vehicles. DO NOT allow them in your home or provide any information, report immediately to your local police department.

COVID-19 Testing: Reports of individuals trying to gain access into resident's homes by saying they are with the city to test people's water for COVID-19 is a SCAM. These individuals are also asking the resident to fill out a form that asks for personal information, such as social security numbers. DO NOT allow them in your home or provide any information, report immediately to your local police department.

Park Closures

The City's parks remain open, however; the pavilions, play structures, workout equipment and basketball courts are closed. The boat ramps and fishing piers remain open. 

All City Beaches are now open.

Utility Billing

Washing hands and cleaning surfaces remains important, so the city will not discontinue water service for anyone through the duration of the Stay Safe at Home Orders; however, outstanding bills will not be waived.

The City offers the following options for paying your bill:
     - Online or by Phone: 866-265-6120 (there are currently no fees to pay through this phone service)
     - Mail: 200 West 2nd Street, Freeport, TX 77541
     - Automatic Bank Draft is available by filling out an application.
     - By night drop located inside the ATM room at city hall.
     - Arlan’s Market accepts utility bill payments through the 5th of every month.
     - City Hall remains closed to the public, however; drive through payments will be accepted at City Hall from 8 AM to 4 PM.

If you are unable to pay your bill at this time, please call (979) 871-0190 to make special arrangements based on your situation.

Automatic Debit payments
Please call 979-871-0190 if you need to suspend your auto draft and enroll in a payment plan.

Municipal Court

Pay your fine by phone: 866-272-1045

All court dockets have been post until further notice.

All community service has been suspended until further notice. Warrants for outstanding service hours will not be issued at this time. New service deadlines will be assigned once community service opportunities resume.

Warrants will not be issued for failing to appear if your due date is after Thursday, March 26, 2020 until normal court hours resume. 

Price Gouging

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.

Public Release March 25, 2020                                                                                                                                                  

The ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic is a serious issue affecting the lives and livelihoods of everyone across the Country. While the City of Freeport itself, as of this morning, has had no confirmed cases of anyone living within our city limits, it is likely only a matter of time, as the spread of the virus continues to escalate.

The City of Freeport is committed to the public health and welfare of its citizens and will continue to act prudently and aggressively to curb the spread of the virus locally. Over the last couple of weeks, we have taken progressively greater measures as a result of the advance of the pandemic. The following is a comprehensive list of the actions taken to date as well as those newly being implemented and effective at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, March 26:

  • The following venues and facilities are closed to the public until further notice:
    • City Hall, including Municipal Court, Utility, Building, and Administrative offices
    • Golf Course, Museum, Recreation Center, Visitor Center, and Public Service Center
    • All Freeport Beaches including Bryan Beach
    • All rental venues including Riverplace, Heritage House, Velasco House and Park Pavilions
  • Staff from all departments will continue to be available to provide services and answer questions over the phone and through email, Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Payments for utility bills and courts fines can be made on line or by phone or may be dropped in the night depository.
  • The City will continue to accept new building permit applications by appointment only. Additionally, inspections on current projects will continue. Please call 979-871-0193 to schedule a meeting or inspection.
  • All City Public meetings have been Closed to the public for in person attendance. The public is encouraged to attend digitally, and meeting agendas have been reduced to those items deemed vital and/or timely in nature.
  • All public events on city property through May 1st have been suspended including but not limited to the Bunny Hop, Riverfest, Freeport Trade days and any scheduled Golf course tournaments. These events may be rescheduled for later in the year and if so further information will be provided.

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