As we all track the news about the coronavirus, 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 restrictions. See the latest rules from the city HERE.
There are some group size and activity limitations:
- Gatherings are restricted to no more than 10 people.
- Masks are now required everywhere. We’ve got you covered; free masks are available at our Visitor Center.
- Social distancing is required on the beach; masks are required on the beach if conditions are crowded and distancing is not possible. This rule is in effect through September 9th.
- No shade structures other than single-pole umbrellas are allowed on the beach. Umbrellas must be spaced a minimum of 15-feet apart. Only two chairs per single pole shade structure will be permitted. Other setups are prohibited within the 15 feet between the equipment.
- Littering is also 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 judgement.
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 properties; 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 cancelled, 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 are open at 50% capacity, and most Island restaurants are offering limited in-restaurant dining (75% capacity inside and 100% capacity outside), 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 here.
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 now a curfew in the County. Everyone must be inside their residence or lodging by 12 a.m.; if you have children under 17, then they must be inside by 10 p.m.
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 some restrictions.
With more than 100 public and private access points, the beach is still readily accessible in the most popular beach areas.
As of September 8, 2020, the following Cameron County beaches and parks outside the South Padre Island city limits, will be opened at 50% capacity: Isla Blanca Park, Andy Bowie Park, E.K. Atwood Park, Bejarno-McFarland Memorial Park, Pedro “Pete” Benavides Park, Laureles Regional Park, El Ranchito Community Park, El Ranchito Recreational Park, Santa Maria Community Park, La Paloma Regional Park, Santa Rosa Park, and La Esperanza Community Park.
As of September 8, 2020, the following Cameron County beaches outside the South Padre Island city limits, will be opened at 100% capacity: North Flats, County Beach Access 3, County Beach Access 4, County Beach Access 5, County Beach Access 6, and Boca Chica Beach. All groups of visitors must be 20 feet away from the next nearest group. This includes the distance of their vehicles.
We are encouraging employees of business which 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 and the Visitors Center are open, but the Convention Center and City Hall are 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.