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 

***Changes to Acceptance of Utility Payments Options*** - We apologize for this inconvenience, but in an effort to minimize the exposure to COVID-19 for residents and employees, we will no longer accept payments for utility bills at the PD Lobby.  All payments should be made either electronically, by mail or placed in the utility payment drop box located on Amherst Street (right by the post office mail box) behind the fire station.   

City Services - Normal Operations

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

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.

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.

Parks & Playgrounds:All neighborhood parks, playgrounds, basketball and tennis courts are closed.  

The fields at Colonial Park and the Recreation Center are open, but while using the fields social distancing of 6 feet must be maintained.

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

Municipal Court:

All court dates through May 8, 2020 have been cancelled and will be reset.

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.

Declarations and Orders by West University Place and Harris County:

The following is a list of order and declarations by the City of West University Place, Harris County and the State of Texas.  For more information or to read the declarations and orders, click here.

April 3, 2020
Harris County Provides Additional Information on the Stay Home - Work Safe Order
March 31, 2020
Harris County Extends Stay Home - Work Safe Order Through April 30, 2020
March 31, 2020
State of Texas Extends Social Distancing Requirements Through April 30, 2020  and School Closures Through May 4, 2020
March 27, 2020
West U Issues Order No. 1 - Amending Quiet Hours for Construction Related Noise
March 24, 2020
Harris County Issues Stay Home - Work Safe Order from Mar. 24 - Apr. 3
March 23, 2020
West U Council Approves Extension of the Mayoral Declaration of Local Disaster
March 19, 2020
State of Texas - Governor Issues Executive Order Regarding COVID-19 Preparedness and Mitigation
March 19, 2020
State of Texas - Declaration of a Public Health Disaster in the State of Texas
March 17, 2020
West U Mayor Signs Mayoral Declaration of a Local State of Disaster Due to Public Health Emergency
March 13, 2020
State of Texas Declares a State of Disaster for All Counties in Texas
March 11, 2020
Harris County Declares a Local Disaster for Public Health Emergency


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