Coronavirus FAQ

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 our local emergency management order.

Should I reschedule my travel?

Yes. Our county is under a shelter in place order. Our beaches are open; but only for active exercise.

We encourage you to consider planning ahead when the threat to health and safety is lifted. 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. Currently RV and campgrounds are closed.  Learn more about Where to Stay.

We’d love to see you on South Padre Island when we all get to the other side of COVID-19. Please stay safe and follow guidance from your local municipalities.

Are any public gatherings being canceled?

At this time all public and private gatherings on South Padre Island have been postponed or canceled (please check this page for updates from the city for details). Please check with venues for updates.

Are restaurants open?

At this time some restaurants are offering drive-thru and pick-up; in-restaurant dining is prohibited in Texas. We urge locals 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.

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.

Our community is under a shelter in place order. Beaches are open for active exercise ONLY.

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).

All city facilities and buildings are closed.

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.