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Posted on: March 20, 2020

Bars and restaurants to close per Governor’s executive order


Clear Lake Shores, TX – Friday, March 20, 2020 - On Thursday, March 19, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott  issued four executive orders to slow the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) across the state. 

The following executive orders apply to Clear Lake Shores  and will become effective 11:59 pm Friday, March 20 through 11:59 pm Friday, April 3, unless extended, modified or amended:

  • Order No. 1: Avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.
  • Order No. 2: No dine-in service at restaurants and bars. Drive-thru, pickup, or delivery is allowed and highly encouraged throughout the limited duration of this executive order. (Click on link below to read full list of closures)
  • Order No. 3: No visiting nursing homes, retirement or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance.
  • Order No. 4: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, schools shall temporarily close.

Click here to read complete executive order:

The executive order does not prohibit people from visiting grocery stores, gas stations, parks, and banks, so long as the necessary precautions are maintained to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. 

Clear Lake Shores Mayor Otten on March 18 signed a local disaster declaration for the City. The declaration activates the City Emergency Management Plan and allows the City to make immediate decisions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The local declaration includes recommendations for bars and restaurants to close and not offer dine-in services but now, under Abbot’s statewide order, this will be mandatory.  The local disaster declaration for the City will be extended to April 3, 2020, unless continued or renewed by City Council.

Postponement of Clear Lake Shores elections

On Friday, March 13th, Governor Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster as there are more than 50 confirmed cases of the virus. In addition, Governor Greg Abbott issued a proclamation suspending provisions of the Texas Election Code to allow political subdivisions to postpone their 2020 local elections. Clear Lake Shores will postpone their May 2, 2020 elections until November 3, 2020 and will follow November 3rd election guidelines. 

Important information for business owners

Governor Greg Abbott issued a waiver that will allow restaurants to deliver alcoholic beverages with food purchases to patrons, including beer, wine, and mixed drinks. The Governor also directed the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) to waive certain provisions to allow manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers of alcoholic beverages to repurchase or sell back unopened product. These waivers are in response to the financial hardship caused by COVID-19 that has disproportionately affected the hospitality industry. To learn more, please visit

On March 17, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott requested designation from the Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Declaration in order to access the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program for the entire state of Texas. If granted, the SBA would provide long-term, low-interest loans to qualifying businesses across the state.  All small businesses who believe they may be eligible for an SBA EIDL should visit the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) website: They will be directed to the SBA website where they can apply for assistance.  To learn more, please visit

Let’s support our local businesses 

There are different ways we can support our local business during the coronavirus pandemic while maintaining social distancing:

  • Carry-out and delivery
  • Buy gift cards
  • Shop online
  • Tip generously

We must remain vigilant, follow the guidelines recommended by the CDC and maintain social distancing when possible. The City will continue to assess the situation and will update residents regularly about future  impacts to the community through the City’s website and social media pages.

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