Among the many industries devastated by coronavirus are those coastal businesses in Texas dependent on tourism, crossing the Nexis of restaurants and hotels, both hit hardest by Covid 19.
Even post-lockdown, with occupancy limits on hotel and bars closed businesses are struggling, and because of a legal loophole, don’t qualify for relief grants from the Galveston Industrial Development Corp.
Having beaches closed on the Fourth of July – the economic Christmas for coastal communities – was overwhelming for many, and with Labor Day approaching, there is scant cause for optimism.
Moody Gardens has gotten creative with planning, ensuring that social distancing standards can be met throughout the property, masks are worn by staff and available for guests, cleanliness taken to a whole new level, and taking advantage of the expanse of outdoor property. “The shining star that has been really beneficial this summer is that our golf course is doing really well,” says Geri Hamachek, Marketing and PR Director for Moody Gardens. Though they are going the extra mile to ensure a positive experience for guests, it’s still hard to lure people back. “The capacity levels that are set here at Moody Gardens are set at 50%, but we have not been reaching that level.”
Those businesses are hoping to attract Houstonians looking for a summer staycation at the beach.