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Galveston's beaches will be open this weekend, but you may have trouble finding a parking spot

The move comes after the beaches were closed entirely for the July 4th weekend.

GALVESTON, Texas — The City of Galveston is putting new parking measures in place for the weekend to prevent overcrowding during the coronavirus, city leaders announced Thursday.

Beginning Friday morning and continuing Saturday and Sunday, "parking will be blocked on the north side of Seawall Boulevard (the landward side) between 25th Street and 37th Street. This is to allow for public safety officer staging and to address some of the crowding issues that have occurred in this location in recent weeks."

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The city goes on to state, "parking will also be restricted at Diamond Beach, at the west end terminus of the Seawall near Cove View Blvd. Parking will also be restricted at Fort San Jacinto, which is at the far east end of the Seawall. "

Unlike the July 4th weekend, the city stated its beaches are presently open and "a beach closure is not contemplated at this time."

"As a reminder, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a statewide mask mandate last Thursday requiring all people over the age of 10 to wear a mask when in public and unable to social distance. There are exceptions, such as when a person is consuming food or drink or when a person is exercising. We ask that all residents and visitors of Galveston please be mindful of the uptick in COVID cases and practice safe social distancing."

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