On Tuesday, March 24, the League City Council approved the 21 day extension of the City’s local disaster declaration and amended the declaration to include language that mandates the closure of the following facilities located within League City limits:
- Bars, taverns, nightclubs and lounges located within League City
- Gyms, fitness centers, and martial arts studios
- Game rooms and arcades
- Hair and nail salons
- Massage establishments
- Tattoo parlors
League City’s local disaster declaration also mandates:
- Restaurants and establishments that serve food shall only sell food and drink for off-site consumption.
- Organizers of social events in the City with more than 10 people shall cancel, postpone, or hold such events virtually. Religious and worship services are NOT considered as social events.
LCPD Given Authority to Issue Citations
As part of League City’s amended Disaster Declaration, the League City Council granted the League City Police Department the authority to issues citations for the following misdemeanors:
- Class B: Any person who knowingly fails to comply with a rule or order issued in conjunction with or by authority of a disaster declaration or an emergency operations plan issued or adopted under Chapter 418 of the Texas Government Code (this includes Galveston County’s Stay at Home Order and Governor Abbot’s Executive Order ) shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $1,000.00 and confinement in jail for a term not longer than 180 days.
- Class C :Any person who knowingly fails to comply with a rule adopted under Section 122.006 of the Texas Health & Safety Code shall be punished by a fine not to exceed $2,000.00. (ultimately a judge will determine the fine)
The issuance of a citation is intended as a “last resort” for LCPD officers when they encounter situations of citizens or businesses who are not in compliance with the mandated city, county and state declarations. When at all possible, officers will issue warnings to individuals, businesses, and/or groups before issuing a citation.
For a list of frequently asked questions regarding what activities are allowed under the state, county and city disaster declarations, click here. If you still have a question, call 281-554-1219 (Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday 7:30 to noon). A representative from the City’s Legal Department will be available to answer questions related to allowable activities under the most recent COVID-19 declarations and orders.
To report a possible violation of the state, county, or City disaster declaration call LCPD at 281-332-2566.