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City of EL Lago COVID-19 Updates

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Current Cases

Harris County Public Health has released the number of COVID-19 cases in a city-by-city basis.
Residents are encouraged to visit their website - - for more information.

The direct link to the page outlining city-by-city counts is:

What is Corona Virus (COVID-19)?

COVID-19, is a respiratory disease caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. CDC is responding to an outbreak of this disease that was first detected in China, which has now been detected in most countries worldwide, including the United States. 

Reported illnesses caused by COVID-19 have ranged from very mild (including some with no symptoms) to severe, including death. Common symptoms are fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. 

CDC Recommendations

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
  • Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

Vaccination Information

 Visit the Texas Department of Emergency Management site to get updated vaccine information.

Disaster Declarations & Subsequent Orders

Governor Abbott's Executive Order reopening Texas March 2, 2021

Governor Abbott's Press Release regarding vaccine distribution November 10, 2020

Governor Abbott Extends Disaster Declaration September 7, 2020

Governor Abbott’s Reduction in his Open Texas Plan June 26, 2020

Governor Abbott’s Open Texas Plan Phase 3 June 3, 2020

Governor Abbott’s  Open Texas Plan Phase 2 May 18, 2020

Declaration of Local Disaster by Mayor John Skelton May 4, 2020

Governor Abbott’s Executive Order April 27, 2020 and his Open Texas Report

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo - "Stay Home, Work Safe" Order extension through April 30 - March 31, 2020

Texas Governor Greg Abbott – Executive Order GA-14 – March 31, 2020

Harris County - Declaration of Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo - Harris County bar/restaurant order - March 17, 2020

Texas Governor Greg Abbott - Executive Order/Public Health Disaster - March 19, 2020

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo - "Stay Home, Work Safe" Order - March 24, 2020


The City of El Lago is committed to the safety and health of our citizens. This page will be updated with the latest information on how the city is responding to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, also known as the Coronavirus.

El Lago residents are encouraged to stay informed about the Coronavirus disease, and to actively stop the spread of germs and respiratory diseases.

Update: On Tuesday, March 24, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo issued a “Stay Home, Work Safe” order effective 3/24 at 11:59 PM (full order linked above). The order will be in effect through April 3, 2020 at 11:59 PM. The order requires all residents to stay home with the exception of those whose jobs are essential for health and safety of the community.

Please see current information from the Texas Department of State Health Services (, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or CDC ( and Harris County Public Health (

Partner updates

The Clear Creek Independent School District announced on April 17, 2020 that all classes will be cancelled through the rest of the school year.
Please visit to learn more.

Ready Harris has launched an online COVID-19 self-assessment tool, and also offers continual updates on the Coronavirus. Visit for more information.

Additional links residents may review include:



Mayor Skelton lifted the City of El Lago COVID restrictions for city facilities,  but encouraged residents to continue to practice social distancing while gatherings and to wear masks.


While the Governor lifted mask requirements, Mayor Skelton continued mask requirements in all city offices, events, and meetings until population vaccine percentages increased.   He encouraged residents to continue helping to stop the spread of Covid-19 by avoiding large groups, washing hands often, and wearing masks in public places.


Due to the rise in COVID cases, the City Pool will require patrons to have temperatures taken prior to entry.  Temperatures must be below 99 degrees in order to enter.


Mayor reopened the following facilities:
City Hall - with limitation of only one member of the public to be present at a time.
Fitness center- with limitation of only 7 people at a time.
Tennis courts - with limitation of only 4 people per court at a time.

Social distancing must be practiced at all times.  


In accordance with Governor Abbott’s Executive Order and in keeping with Phase One of the plan to Open Texas, the City of El Lago will reopen the following facilities on Friday, May 1, 2020:

Parks and playground equipment. Please continue to maintain social distancing. Be aware that playground equipment is not sanitized by city staff.

Municipal Court will reopen for payment of fines, however all court dates have been rescheduled for June.

The following City facilities will remain closed:

City Hall
Fitness Center
Park Pavilion
Park Restrooms
Fitness Classes
City Pool
Tennis Courts

All fitness membership fees will continue to be suspended.

These closures will be re-evaluated when Phase Two of the Governor’s Open Texas Plan is announced on May 18, 2020.  Thanks to all our residents for your patience and co-operation as we follow the guidelines set out by our state government during this crisis. Please remember that state orders and guidelines supersede any City orders formerly in pla


The City of El Lago is collecting business loss information to submit to the State of Texas, FEMA, and SBA to ensure local businesses are supported by federal disaster assistance to mitigate the economic/financial impacts of COVID-19.  To complete the survey, business owners may do so using El Lago Business Loss Survey.


During a 12PM press conference Friday, Governor Greg Abbott announced a set of executive orders aimed at re-opening the Texas economy. The executive orders also outlined the closure of all schools – public, private and higher education institutions – through the end of the school year.
First, Abbott established a statewide strikeforce aimed at re-opening the Texas economy. The group, to include both public and private partners, will develop a plan and put together recommendations for the gradual re-opening of certain kinds of businesses, based on current data and the advice of medical professionals.
Also during the press conference, Abbott announced that – due to the advice of medical professionals that gathering students together would be unsafe at this time – all schools will remain closed through the end of the 2019-20 school year.
The Governor also announced that state parks will re-open to the public on Monday, April 20, provided social distancing measures are maintained by visitors. Finally, Abbott announced a lifting of restrictions on certain medical procedures and diagnostic tests starting April 22, aimed at allowing doctors and nurses to return to work.
On Friday, April 24, Abbott said retailers statewide would be allowed to open for “retail to-go,” similar to the carry-out/takeout services currently offered by restaurants. Further, Abbott indicated that additional business openings – as well as a possible lift of Stay-at-Home orders in Texas – would be announced on April 27 with additional considerations during the month of May.
Additional information about today’s executive orders can be found at
Governor Abbott also released a press release detailing the orders, available at


Harris County COVID-19  Forgivable Loan Program

In partnership with the Houston-Galveston Area Council, Harris County established a $10 million-backed loan program to help area small businesses economically impacted by COVID-19 stay open and meet necessary operating expenses. These zero-interest loans are up to $25,000 each with a five-year term and a loan forgiveness component. The Houston-Galveston Area Local Development Corporation (H-GALDC) will administrate the program. For more information on this program go to 


Harris County Precinct 2 Parks will be closed to the public starting Thursday, April 9, 2020 at 8:00 PM. Per the Office of Harris County Pct. 2, as part of the COVID-19 response and following Judge Linda Hidalgo’s order, all of Harris County Pct. 2 parks will be closed from Thursday, April 9th through Monday April 13th. A listing of these parks can be viewed here. 


Mayor John Skelton issued a statement outlining all changes regarding the City of El Lago due to the changes made to the Stay Home, Work Safe order by Harris County Judge Hidalgo on March 31, 2020.  

View Mayor Skelton’s Statement Here


El Lago residents are informed that the Easter Egg Hunt scheduled for April 4, 2020  in Witty park has been canceled.


El Lago residents are reminded that toilet paper alternatives - paper towel, wipes, or cloths - should never be flushed. These materials can cause serious damage to wastewater infrastructure and potentially cause sewer back-ups, creating additional health concerns for the community.

Who should be tested for COVID-19?  There is a Self Assessment tool you can use.  Go to for a self-assessment and get more information about what you can do.


Due to the “Stay Home, Work Safe” order issued by Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, as part of the ongoing response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the City of El Lago will be suspending all services not deemed essential for the health and safety of the community.

The “Stay Home, Work Safe” order will go into effect on Tuesday, March 24 at 11:59PM and will continue through Friday, April 3 at 11:59PM.

In compliance with the order, the City will close several public facilities and offer essential services via alternative means.

Facility closures will include City Hall, El Lago Fitness Center, Pool, the Municipal Court, Tennis Courts, Pavilion, playground equipment at the parks, & the McNair Restrooms.  City staff will be available to conduct business by phone or email.

Emergency services provided by the El Lago Police Department the Seabrook Volunteer Fire Department will continue as normal, and emergency calls should be directed to 9-1-1.

Trash Service

Curbside garbage, heavy trash pick-up, and recycle will continue as normal until further notice. AmeriWaste has requested that all trash be bagged and workers will not pick-up loose trash beginning on Saturday, March 28.  Recyclables must be bagged in clear or white bags only.

Residential and commercial building permits can be applied for online at: Building inspections will be scheduled by phone at (281) 326-1951.

For Municipal Court paymentsonline payments can be made via phone by calling (281) 326-4413.


Harris County issues "Stay Home, Work Safe" order

On Tuesday morning, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo issued a “Stay Home, Work Safe” order – effective tonight, March 24, at 11:59PM – in response to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The order requires all residents to stay home with the exception of those whose jobs are essential for health and safety of the community.
The order will be in effect until 11:59PM on April 3, 2020 and applies to Harris County, all cities within Harris County and all unincorporated areas. Please click on the link below to view the full order.
According to Judge Hidalgo, the order is being called in the interest of saving lives, flattening the curve of the virus and not overwhelming the health care system.
Key points of the order, linked below, include:
- Critical industries outlined in order will stay open – employees must maintain social distancing
- Does not impact access to groceries/food or gas stations
- Restaurants can continue to provide drive-through, carry-out orders (maintaining social distancing)

City of El Lago facility closures/service adjustments following "Stay Home, Work Safe" order


Update: 3:30PM

On Thursday, March 19, Governor Greg Abbott announced a series of Executive Orders relating to COVID-19 preparedness and mitigation. The four orders serve to limit public gatherings and help reduce exposure for people across the state.

These orders are in accordance with federal guidelines issued by the President and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and will aid in the state’s efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Governor Abbott was joined for the announcement by Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Commissioner John Hellerstedt, MD, Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) Chief Nim Kidd, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, and Speaker Dennis Bonnen.

Commissioner Hellerstedt also announced that he has declared a Public Health Disaster which will give state and local officials additional tools to respond to COVID-19.

These orders will be effective on a statewide basis starting at 11:59 PM on March 20, 2020 and will end at 11:59 PM on April 3, 2020, subject to extension thereafter based on the status of COVID-19 in Texas and the recommendations of the CDC.

The following orders were issued by Governor Abbott:

Order No. 1: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, every person in Texas shall avoid social gatherings in groups of more than 10 people.

Order No. 2: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, people shall avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts, or visiting gyms or massage parlors; provided, however, that the use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options is allowed and highly encouraged throughout the limited duration of this executive order.

Order No. 3: In accordance with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC, people shall not visit nursing homes or 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.

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

View Governor Abbott’s full Executive Order here.

Update: 11AM

Resident advisory: Online resources are available for citizens who may experience stress or anxiety as the fight against the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) - an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services – has added materials to its website pertaining to social distancing, quarantine and isolation, as well as coping with stress during infectious disease outbreaks. Visit to learn more.

Additionally, for information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on coping with stress and anxiety, visit


Learn from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) the steps to take to self-quarantine if you are sick, as well as how and when to discontinue home isolation. Visit the CDC website here.

El Lago residents are informed “If you are developing symptoms (dry cough, fever, body aches) that lead you to believe you have COVID-19 (Coronavirus), health care professionals don’t want you to rush to doctors’ offices, urgent cares, or emergency rooms, unless you are in a critical situation. Harris County Public Health has launched a telephone resource for residents of Harris County that may not have access to healthcare and are looking to visit a doctor due to coronavirus-related care. The call center, called “Ask My Nurse,” will help patients assess symptoms assessments and refer patients to appropriate level of care in a clinical setting. Experienced nurses are available to help you and answer your questions from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., 7 days a week. Nurses will be available to provide care in both English and Spanish. The number to call is (713)634-1110”


Mayor Skelton released a statement to El Lago Residents outlining the following:

In compliance with both Federal and State recommendations, the additional following measures are to be followed for a minimum of the next two weeks and will be reassessed weekly.

1. All city buildings; including city hall, the municipal court, the fitness center, pool facility and park restrooms will not be open to the public.

2. City Staff will still continue to work at city offices and are available to assist residents through email, phones calls and the city website. Credit card payments for bills, tickets and permits will continue to be taken and processed by phone.

3. All regular activities at or sponsored by the city will be temporarily suspended. This includes all City Council, Board and Commission meetings, weekly court, fitness classes and any private events at rented city facilities.

4. Indoor Building Permit inspections will be postponed.

Mayor Skelton’s full statement 

Video of Mayor Skelton’s address to the City


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