Coronavirus COVID-19 Information and Updates

The City is providing this webpage as a central source of information and all updates regarding coronavirus and COVID-19 news for West U.

The City of West University Place is diligently monitoring the COVID-19 situation and City staff are taking steps to ensure continuity of essential services and keeping residents informed of what they can do to stay prepared. 

Public Health Authorities

Learn the facts about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and other communicable diseases from our public health authorities. Learn more.

COVID-19

Updates on City Services 

City Services - Normal Operations

PolicePublic WorksWater & Sewer
FireStreets & DrainageTrash, Recycling & Yard Waste
Emergency Medical ServicesCommunity Development

Effective Thursday May 21, 2020, Public Works Department returned to normal business hours from Monday - Friday (7:30 am - 5:30 pm).  The Public Works Administration Building remains closed to the public at this time.

Note - staff are providing normal operations, but are adhering to social distancing protocols.  Buildings are closed to the general public and see below under City Cancellations and Closures for more information.

City Services Operating Remotely and with Minimal Staffing On-Site

Parks & RecreationSenior ServicesHuman Resources
Utility BillingMunicipal CourtFinancial Services

These services will have minimal staffing on-site during normal business hours.  Other staff will be working remotely and while we do not envision a delay in the superior services we strive to provide, there may be occasions where responses are delayed.  We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time.

City Council, Board & Commission Meetings

The meetings for the City Council, boards & commissions will be held via telephone to comply with the social distancing requirements.  To ensure you are receiving up to date information on Council, boards and commissions meetings, please click here to receive email or text notifications.

Services, Events or Programs Rescheduled

Shredding / E-Waste / Mattress Recycling EventRescheduled to Saturday August 8, 2020


Parks

The following parks will be open to allow use of the greenspace only, and will not include playground areas, amenities, and benches - which are still closed under an order by Harris County.  Please understand that keeping these parks open will depend upon your cooperation by keeping out of closed areas, maintaining social distancing, practicing good hygiene, and following recommended health protocols. 

Tennis Courts reopened on Friday May 1 as allowed under Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-18.

Colonial Park Eastend
Open
Recreation Center Fields
Open
Liberty Hill Park
Open
Jennie Elizabeth Hughes ParkOpen
Friends Park
Open
Judson Park
Open
Wier Park
Open
Whitt Johnson Park
Open
Huffington Park
Open

City Cancellations and Closures

Municipal Facilities:All buildings are closed to the public.  The only exception is the Police Department lobby located at 3800 University Blvd.

We encourage you to do your city business by phone or email, but if must be in person.  Then the PD lobby is open for general City business Monday - Friday from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

Parks & Recreation:All youth and adult Parks & Recreation programing is cancelled until further notice.

Senior Services:All senior programming is cancelled until further notice.

Playgrounds:All neighborhood playgrounds and basketball rims have been removed at this time.

Tennis Courts reopened on Friday May 1 as allowed under Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-18.

Special Events:All Parks & Recreation Events are cancelled until further notice.

Pavilion & Deck Rentals:All Colonial Park Pavilion and deck rentals are cancelled until further notice.

Municipal Court:

All court dates through June 2, 2020 have been cancelled and will be reset to a later date.

Important Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disease Info and Updates

The City is closely monitoring news and information relating to COVID-19. As of now, we are following the updates, suggestions, and guidelines outlined by

More information and helpful links regarding COVID-19 and other communicable diseases are available on our website at https://www.westutx.gov/183/Communicable-Diseases

We will continue to monitor news and events and notify residents if or when an urgent need arises. In the meantime, should you have questions and concerns, email the Fire Chief/Emergency Management Coordinator Aaron Taylor or call him 713.662.5836.

  1. West U Update - City Services & Building Access Beginning June 1

    Posted on May 22, 2020

    Beginning June 1, West U will begin reopening public facilities and resuming certain services that were cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read on...
  2. State of Texas & Harris County Update - Information on Executive Orders

    Posted on May 21, 2020

    Information regarding Governor Abbott's Exec. Order GA-23 for Phase II of reopening Texas and Harris County Judge Hidalgo's extension of the Stay Home - Work Safe order to June 10, 2020. Read on...
  3. West U Update - Park Green Spaces Reopening this Week

    Posted on May 12, 2020

    Beginning Wednesday May 13, West U will begin reopening park green spaces for use by residents, with all green spaces will be reopened by Friday afternoon on May 15. Read on...
  4. West U Update - Note from the City on Resuming Services

    Posted on May 8, 2020

    Update from the City regarding general information and the tentative schedule on reopening of closed facilities and resuming suspended services. Read on...
  5. State of Texas Update - Governor's Amends Order Allowing Additional Businesses to Open

    Posted on May 6, 2020

    On May 5, Governor Abbott issued an amended order allowing additional businesses to reopen on May 8 and May 18 while following measures to minimize the communal spread of the virus. Read on...
  6. Harris County Update - County Judge Hidalgo Issues Second Amended Stay Home, Work Safe

    Posted on May 4, 2020

    Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo issued an amended Stay Home Work Safe order to further the goals and polices of the State of Texas as set out in Executive Order GA-18 and is to be construed in connection with such order until 11:59 p.m. on May 20, 2020. Read on...
  7. Thank You and a Measured Approach to Reopening City Services

    Posted on April 30, 2020

    The City Council and staff want to thank you for doing your part to flatten the curve and also provide a tentative timeline for the reopening of all City services and facilities. Read on...
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