As we all track the news about COVID-19, it’s a good time to be armed with the facts. Here on South Padre Island, we’ve received many questions from people planning to travel. Here’s a quick bit of information; you can also visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for much more detailed guidance and news.
Is the virus on the Island?
We have had reports of COVID cases on the Island. This situation page for the CDC is a good place to keep track of the news and stats throughout the US. Here is the latest local emergency management order.
Should I reschedule my travel?
Our beaches are OPEN to the public with some recommendations. See the latest rules from the city HERE.
There are some group size and activity recommendations:
- Gatherings are recommended to no more than 10 people.
- Masks should be worn everywhere. We’ve got you covered; free masks are available at our Visitor Center.
- Social distancing is recommended on the beach; masks are recommended on the beach if conditions are crowded and distancing is not possible.
- Shade structures are recommended to be spaced a minimum of 15-feet apart.
- Littering is prohibited and will be enforced. Please dispose of your masks and other trash appropriately.
- Horseplay, contact sports (football, volleyball, soccer, etc.) or any activity that requires a ball or an object should be limited. Guests are asked to use their best judgment.
We encourage you to consider planning ahead. Here on the Island, we have 3,000 hotel rooms being cleaned to above CDCs recommended standards. We also have 2,800 vacation rental rooms; ideal for travelers who would like the option to stay in an individual home or condo instead of a hotel property. Learn more about Where to Stay.
We’d love to see you on South Padre Island. Please stay safe and follow guidance from your local municipalities.
Are any public gatherings being canceled?
Public Gatherings are not canceled, but are limited (please check this page for updates and event details). Please check with venues for updates.
Are restaurants and bars open?
At this time, bars and restaurants can be open at 100% capacity, and most Island restaurants are offering drive-thru, and/or pick-up. We urge everyone to call ahead of time to determine availability. Our goal is to update our dining page with more information as it becomes available. Stay up to date.
Are there checkpoints coming onto SPI or a curfew?
There are not currently any kind of checkpoints in place when entering the Island.
There is no curfew in the County or on South Padre Island.
What is the Island doing to protect visitors and residents?
As a community, we are following the advice of the CDC and our local health department.
City beaches are OPEN.
With more than 100 public and private access points, the beach is still readily accessible in the most popular beach areas.
We are encouraging employees of a business who are deemed essential and still open to monitor their health closely. Those who are sick are to stay home if they show flu or cold-like symptoms and stay home until they are free of fever (100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants).
The Multi-Modal, the Visitors Center, and City Hall are open, but the Convention Center remains closed to the public.
We are encouraging frequent and thorough hand washing and businesses deemed essential who are still open are focused on routinely cleaning all frequently touched surfaces, such as workstations, countertops, and doorknobs.