- Rockport Center for Arts -

In accordance with Phase I of Governor Abbott’s Open Texas Plan, the Rockport Center for the Arts has reopened its galleries and gift shop (406 S. Austin St.).

The facility is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Administration offices and the Education Annex will remain closed until further notice.

On display in the gallery are selections of work from member artists, the postponed Richard W. James’ show ICON, and the printmaking show Earthborn: Impressions of Our Natural World.

Catalogs for these exhibits and more work are available at www.rockportartcenter.com/online-art.

For everyone’s safety, staff and volunteers working in the galleries will wear face masks and gloves and follow Centers for Disease Control hygiene and disinfecting protocols of public areas.

Visitors are expected to practice social distancing, and to disinfect their hands with sanitizer provided upon entering the facility.

Visitors are also asked to not congregate in groups larger than four. Guidance from the Governor’s plan in regards to occupancy limit will be strictly followed in the galleries.

Out of an abundance of caution, the RCA will continue to monitor the COVID-19 public health crisis closely, follow the recommendations of the local authorities, and make determinations about its programs accordingly.

For more information call (361) 729-5519, or visit rockportartcenter.com.

- Fulton Mansion -

The Texas Historical Commission’s (THC) Fulton Mansion State Historic Site reopened for visitors Friday, May 1. It is open during its regular business hours until further notice.

The grounds, mansion, and restrooms are open, but the visitor center will remain closed at this time.

Self-facilitated tours of the mansion can be provided for households up to five by reservation only. Tour slots are 45 minutes, with 15 minutes between groups reserved for cleaning.

Groups receive a printed, single-use tour guide and a docent stationed in the house will be available to answer questions.

No rentals are available.

Visitors to the site are asked to:

• Limit group visits to no more than five-person groups who share the same household

• Maintain strict social distance (six feet) from anyone at the site who is not part of your household

• Consider wearing face coverings, which are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to limit the spread of COVID-19.

“The safety of our visitors and staff is extremely important to us, and so is our passion for Texas history,” said THC Executive Director Mark Wolfe. “We are pleased to re-open our sites that tell our state’s story and restore as many amenities and attractions as the current situation safely allows.”

For more information regarding specific guidelines, visit www.visitfultonmansion.com.

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