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Social distancing means remaining out of crowded public places where close contact with others may occur. Avoid mass gatherings and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible.
Local leaders say Bexar County has begun to issue citations to those who aren’t complying with the stay-home order.
The county and city emergency orders have been updated to require all people over the age of 10 years old to wear cloth face coverings in public areas where social distancing is not possible by April 20. The city said businesses also have until April 20 to provide personal protective equipment and training for appropriate use for their employees. Anyone violating any part of the city or county ordinances faces a civil penalty of $1,000.
Face coverings are not required under the following circumstances:
- When exercising outside or engaging in physical activity outside
- While driving alone or with passengers who are apart of the same household as the driver
- When doing so poses a greater mental or physical health, safety, or security risk
- While pumping gas
- While in a building or engaged in an activity that requires security surveillance or screening, like at banks
- While consuming food or drink
The mayor’s office emphasized that the face masks are not a replacement for social distancing, frequent hand-washing and self-isolation if you are sick.
Nirenberg and Wolff also announced the creation of the COVID-19 Health Transition Team, which will develop a plan to move the city and county out of social distancing, while following guidance from health experts. The team is charged with developing a transition plan by April 27.
The addendum made to the order also said while municipal golf courses will remain closed, private courses can operate if there are no equipment rentals, caddies or other personnel involved and social distancing guidelines are maintained. Private courses may continue using groundskeepers and can sell food if consistent with restaurant rules.
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
- It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads
Patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
- Shortness of breath
The best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure to this virus, which are similar to the precautions you take to avoid the flu. CDC always recommends these everyday actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Press Conference – 2/13/2020 – En Español