As the spring break next week and summer approaches, Visit Corpus Christi officials are urging local residents and tourists to continue following safety protocols to help contain the spread of COVID-19.

Visit Corpus Christi, the region’s largest convention and tourism office, has been working closely with the city for a year on plans to enable businesses to work safely while protecting citizens, employees and visitors.

Brett Oetting, the agency’s president and CEO, said safety is a top priority for the organization. He said he is more focused on summer travel but knows people will still be coming for spring break after Corpus Christi.

“Although Texas Governor Greg Abbott is removing the mask mandate and increasing the capacity of all businesses and facilities to 100%, we continue to encourage everyone who lives in and visits our beautiful town and beach communities to follow best health practices, including social ones Distancing yourself, wearing masks and washing your hands frequently, ”said Oetting. “We made great strides with the existing protocols over the past year. We hope that with continued vigilance, adherence to CDC guidelines and increased vaccinations, COVID cases will continue to decline and avoid reverting to stricter protocol levels. “

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Oetting said the organization has a See You Soon CC Pass that offers discounts on five of the most visited attractions here in Corpus Christi.

The pass is valid for one year after purchase and includes admission to the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History, the South Texas Botanical Garden and Nature Center, the Texas State Aquarium, the South Texas Art Museum, and the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay.

Visit CC also announced the launch of STAR accreditation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) for 12 downtown hotels and attractions and the GBAC Fundamentalists course for 16 downtown bars and restaurants.

The GBAC STAR accreditation program is performance-based and is designed to help facilities establish a comprehensive system for cleaning, disinfecting and preventing infectious diseases for their employees and buildings. The project builds on GBAC’s extensive training that provides appropriate protocols, precise disinfection methods, and cleaning practices for biohazard situations such as COVID-19.

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Visit CC will continue to develop this program to include the Texas State Aquarium, the USS Lexington Museum on the Bay, the Art Museum in South Texas, and many others. The organization will fund 28 locations to go through the GBAC process. Visit Corpus Christi aims for all facilities to complete the program by May 15th.

We keep our fingers crossed for Oetting and the organization this summer will be a hotspot for tourists. He hopes things will return to a sense of normalcy where visitors can enjoy their time here without too much worry.

“All indications, all national and local research shows that we will have a very strong summer here, provided that COVID continues to go away and people continue to be vaccinated,” said Oetting.

For more information on See you soon CC Pass and Visit CC’s recommendations for Spring Break, please visit visitcorpuschristitx.org.

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