COVID-19

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Updated July 2, 2020, 4:30 pm 

Public safety officials in the City of Bellaire are closely monitoring coronavirus news and impacts associated with this illness via regular updates provided by County, State, and National public health authorities, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The City of Bellaire is taking steps to ensure the continuity of essential city services in the event that this illness spreads to our community.

Mayor’s Blog    Upgraded Threat Level a Step Back for Non-Essential City Services

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo Announces COVID-19 Threat Level Moves to Red at Noon on June 26                  Current Threat Level

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo Announces Harris County Business Health and Safety Order for Businesses will be extended until at least 8/26/20

On June 30 Judge Hidalgo announced an extension of the Health and Safety Policy requiring all employees or visitors of a commercial entity to wear face coverings when in close contact with co-workers or the public. Health and Safety Policy and Mask Order

Governor Abbott’s Response to Coronavirus and Executive Orders              

On July 2 Governor Greg Abbott issued an Executive Order requiring all Texans to wear face coverings in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases. The Governor also issued a proclamation giving mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of over 10 people.  Face Covering Requirement and Proclamation

On June 26 Governor Abbott released Executive Order GA-28 related to the targeted response to the COVID-19 disaster as part of the reopening of Texas. Executive Order GA-28

Governor Abbott Open Texas Plan  Open Texas Plan 

On May 12 Governor Abbott extended the Disaster Declaration.

Please follow this link for more information on Governor Abbott’s response to the Coronavirus and a listing of all Executive Orders including the plan to re-open identified services in the state of Texas.   https://gov.texas.gov/coronavirus

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo Announces Color Coded COVID-19 Threat Level System  
On June 11 Judge Hidalgo announced a new color-coded system to inform residents regarding the current level of risk from COVID-19.  We strongly urge residents take actions to stay healthy, save lives, and ensure the local economy recovers in a way that is sustainable over the long term. https://www.readyharris.org/Stay-Safe

Harris County Renters Assistance Information https://csd.harriscountytx.gov/Pages/COVID-19.aspx

Harris County Public Health 
COVID-19 Dashboard 

COVID-19 City Services Update Videos
Click here for videos regarding City services updates. COVID-19 City Services Update Videos

Storytime Videos 
Click here for fun storytime videos from Bellaire City Library! Storytime Videos

Fun Activities To Do At Home!
Check out the Bellaire City Library and Bellaire Parks and Recreation Facebook pages for fun things to do while staying at home.  
Bellaire City Library Facebook
Bellaire Parks and Recreation Facebook

Child Care Now
If you are an essential worker in need of child care, Collaborative for Children and Workforce Solutions, in partnership with the City of Houston, Harris County and other community partners, will match you with high-quality child care that best suits your family’s needs.  Child Care Now

Harris County COVID-19 Testing Sites and Self-Assessment Tool
If you believe you have symptoms of COVID-19, please visit the ReadyHarris.org website and complete the online self-assessment.  If you qualify for testing, you will receive a code and be directed to the nearest Harris County testing facility. 

Disaster Declaration for Public Health Emergency 
March 20, 2020 - Mayor Andrew S. Friedberg signed a Declaration of Local State of Disaster for Public Health Emergency.  Disaster Declaration for Public Health Emergency 

City Services Updates - June 27, 2020 

The City of Bellaire will continue to provide city services.  Fire, police, EMS and public works services are still available at all times.  We are actively encouraging city business to be handled online or via phone where possible. Please leave a voicemail if your call is not answered. Someone will get back to you.  Dial 911 for emergencies. Bellaire City Hall customer service 713-662-8222

The Bellaire City Hall customer service lobby is open to walk-in traffic from 8 am until 5 pm, Monday through Friday.  For more information please call Bellaire City Hall main number at 713-662-8222. 

Bellaire Police & Courts Building - The Bellaire Police Department lobby is open to walk-in traffic for limited hours.  A list of contact numbers is posted on the lobby doors to assist visitors with their needs. Emergency call 911. Non-emergency 713-668-0487. 

Municipal Court - Municipal Court resumed June 2 in accordance with procedure and safety requirements set by the Office of Court Administration.  Please contact Municipal Court at courts@bellairetx.gov or call 713-662-8105 for more information. 

Parks, Recreation, and Facilities - The Bellaire Town Square Family Aquatic Center is closed until further notice.  Evergreen Pool and Elaine Wood Therapy Pool remain open for lap swim and therapy use only.  Swim times must be scheduled.  Camp Paseo will remain open, all other camps are canceled at this time.  Beginning June 29, the Bellaire Recreation Center fitness room will be closed and all fitness classes are canceled until further notice.  Tennis courts, parks, play structures, Officer Lucy Dog Park, athletic fields, batting cages, and park restrooms are open.  Tennis courts and athletic fields are limited to four people per use.  Bellaire Life programs and activities are canceled until further notice. Please practice social distancing in all open spaces. Visit https://bellairetx.gov/673/Parks-Recreation-and-Facilities or call Bellaire Recreation Center 713-662-8280.

Bellaire City Library -  Beginning June 29 the library will close to the public.  Curbside pickup for book holds will resume and online services are available. All library programs have been suspended until further notice. Please check the Bellaire City Library Facebook page for story times and at home activities. Bellaire City Library 713-662-8160.

Utility Billing - One Utility Billing customer service window is open. Trash bag and recycling bin sales have resumed, however, store-bought trash bags can be used.  We strongly encourage you to continue to pay online. Visit https://www.bellairetx.gov/603/Utility-Billing. Online credit card payments are free and can be set up as automatic recurring payments – set it and forget it! Alternatively, you can drop your payment in the overnight deposit box located on the South Rice Avenue side of City Hall. Customers paying by mail or set up on automatic credit card draft and automatic bank draft can continue to pay using these methods.  If you need to start a new service or terminate service, please call our Utility Billing customer service number at 713-662-8253.

Permitting/Development Services - Building permit customers will be served by appointment only.  Appointments must be scheduled 24 hours in advance. To schedule an appointment, please visit https://calendly.com/bellairedevelopmentservices/permit-office.  We strongly encourage that all documents continue to be submitted via e-mail or mail. Please follow the Permit Submittal Procedures.  Permits can be mailed to the City of Bellaire, 7008 South Rice Avenue, Bellaire, Texas 77401. This closure will not affect inspections or inspection requests. Development Services customer service 713-662-8230 or inspections@bellairetx.gov.

Event, Program, and Meeting Information City-sponsored events and activities are resuming with guidelines set by the Open Texas Plan.  Public city meetings will be conducted both in-person and by teleconference, please check the city clendar for more information.  

Please practice routine healthy hygiene habits to help prevent the spread of respiratory illnesses like COVID-19, such as washing hands frequently, covering coughs and sneezes, avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth, and staying home if sick.

Please continue to check back with us for additional updates on this situation.  We encourage all residents to sign up for Notify ME and PrepareBellaire as we will send out updates through these means of communication.  

For up to date information on COVID-19, please visit:

Harris County Public Health - Coronavirus Information

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  - Coronoavirus Information

World Health Organization - Additional Information