The city of Houston and the office of Mayor Sylvester Turner are doing their part to keep everyone safe during Spring Break, despite the lack of COVID precautions from Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
Most schools have scheduled Spring Break during the week of March 13-21, and as exciting as it sounds to get out of the house and enjoy the sunshine, the mayor’s office is asking families to think ahead.
“Annually during Spring Break, visitors descend upon Houston’s most popular destinations, including our wonderful museums, parks, and zoo. We want people to have a great time. But to be successful, we’re asking families to do their homework and be flexible,” said Susan Christian, Director, Mayor’s Office of Special Events. “Research your destination for any changes in hours, attendance and/or reservation requirements. We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable Spring Break.”
Due to the recent mask mandate being lifted, many restaurants and businesses are back open, the mayor is asking that Houstonians to continue to practice COVID safety precautions during Spring Break.
While the governor has rolled back the mask mandate beginning today, I thank all the local businesses that will continue to require masks. I also thank Houstonians who will continue wearing masks. Wearing a mask is the easiest way to protect your loved ones. #MaskUp #MaskUpHou https://t.co/iTBJhC4Xmv
— Houston Mayor's Office (@houmayor) March 10, 2021
“This is not the time to drop our masks or drop our guard in the fight against the pandemic. People are still getting infected and individuals are still dying because of the virus. Today, the city of Houston’s positivity rate is 13.1%, which is up from last week’s 12.5%,” said Mayor Turner.
He also thanked all of the businesses who are continuing to enforce the mask mandate.
“I want to thank all the businesses who will stick with #COVID19 precautions despite being able to increase capacity to 100% drop mask,” he wrote. “All of these businesses, like Concrete Cowboy, should be commended for the actions they are taking.”
Check out a list of the Mayors top Spring Break destinations below:
Museum of Natural Science – www.hmns.org
The Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., March 13 – March 21. Capacity is 75% of the museum’s occupancy, except for the theaters, planetarium and giant screen theaters which will be kept at 50% capacity.
Houston Zoo – www.houstonzoo.org
Online reservations are required for ALL guests and may be made at houstonzoo.org. The Zoo is extending hours during Spring Break by closing an hour later. Spring Break Hours: March 13 – 21, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., last entry at 5:00 p.m. Zoo Members may enter the Zoo one hour before opening to the public during special Spring Break Member Mornings presented by PNC Bank.
Guests 10 years and older are required to wear facial coverings during their visit.
Children’s Museum – www.cmhouston.org
CLOSED … Children’s Museum Houston will remain closed to the public for now; however, they are working on reopening plans for June. The museum will host a variety of Spring Break-related virtual programming and have an at-home kit for families with educators’ favorite activities to unplug during the break. More information about the “Epic Adventure Pop-Up” kit can be found here:
https://www.cmhouston.org/news/spring-break-kit. For educators, a list of videos has been compiled to pass along to students: https://www.cmhouston.org/news/educators-spring-break.
Museum of Fine Arts – www.mfah.org
Open All Week … The Museum, Bayou Bend, and Rienzi will open every day during Spring Break, Monday through Friday.