4/9/2020 – Houston Mayor Tuner announces all parks in Houston will be closed Easter weekend.
4/8/2020 – Today, County Judge Lina Hidalgo is expected to sign an order closing all county public parks. The closures begin Friday, April 10th and will last through Easter weekend; prohibiting the use of county parks.
In a public statement issued today, she said:
We are at a critical moment in our fight against COVID-19, and we cannot afford to let our guard down,” Judge Hidalgo said. “We’re heartened that the actions we’re taking are already saving as many as 4,500 lives across Harris County. For so many of our residents, Easter and Passover is a time for spiritual fellowship with others, and I want to encourage that to continue at home and online during this critical period. The sooner we come through this together, the faster we’ll be able to return to normalcy and get our economy back up and running again.
Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo
Over the past two days, Judge Hidalgo consulted with a wide array of elected officials regarding the decision, including Harris County Commissioners Cagle, Radack, Garcia, and Ellis.
Hidalgo says she has notified mayors from across the county, including Mayor Turner, about her intent to shutter county parks through the weekend prior to announcing the move and advised them to close their parks as well.
No word yet on if the City of Houston will close area parks.