COVID-19

Although the state of Texas has begun to "reopen" in a phased approach, the following will be in place until further notice:

  • The District offices are open; all staff working in open areas will be on a staggered schedule and always accessible by email, text and mobile phone
  • All Downtown District produced and/or sponsored events are being evaluated.  Some events, such as movies at Market Square Park will occur under the City of Houston outdoor, public event guidelines. 
  • Due to actions taken by Governor Abbott related to open meetings to maintain government transparency, board of directors’ meetings and board committee meetings will be virtual and/or teleconferencing, as needed, and will continue to be open to the public

 

Essential public space services provided by our entities will continue, including:


Public Safety

  • Off-duty HPD contractors
  • S.E.A.L. private security
  • Downtown Safety Guide patrol


Cleaning & Maintenance

  • Trash removal from receptacles
  • Curbside Trash Program
  • Sidewalk/bus stop cleaning of hotspots as needed
  • Market Square Park cleaning and maintenance
  • Tree watering (for non-irrigated areas)
  • Mowing and trimming

Homeless Services

  • Twice weekly cleaning of Chartres and Hamilton encampments (contingent on HPD support)
  • Maintain portacan and handwash stations at current frequencies

Streetscape General Conditions

  • Observation of streescape fixtures and maintenance or repairs as needed: lights, banners, planters, irrigation, trees, etc.

Construction Work

  • Bagby Street Improvement Project continues under essential critical infrastructure 

We will continue to keep you informed; if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  Just a reminder, a link to available resources can be found on our Central Houston and Downtown Houston websites.

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, please visit www.houstonemergency.org/covid19 and www.readyharris.org or contact the Houston Health Department’s call center at 832-393-4220.