March 9, 2021

SA Covid-19 Response

San Antonio is our beloved city and as such we care very deeply for everyone that is affected by the pandemic. We all try our best to follow new guidelines and regulations, but sometimes we need a little reminder of what all that entails. The team at SA Social Calendar has gathered the resources you […]

San Antonio is our beloved city and as such we care very deeply for everyone that is affected by the pandemic. We all try our best to follow new guidelines and regulations, but sometimes we need a little reminder of what all that entails. The team at SA Social Calendar has gathered the resources you need to stay safe and up to date with school closures, who’s hiring, and ways to give back to the community. Listed below, find helpful updates and resources for our area.

SAN ANTONIO (April 29, 2020) — Today, Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Judge Nelson Wolff issued separate but joint updates to their Stay Home, Work Safe Orders to continue slowing the spread of COVID-19. The orders are effective beginning at 11:59 p.m. today, April 29, 2020 and if extended by City Council at this Thursday’s meeting, will last until 11:59 p.m. on May 19, or until it is either rescinded, superseded or amended.

Reopened services
Governor Abbott’s order includes the following reopened services, at 25 percent occupancy retail stores, dine-in restaurants, movie theaters, shopping malls, museums, libraries (at this time, City-owned libraries remained closed), golf courses and places of worship. The Governor’s order does not mandate the opening of these facilities; however, they may reopen if they choose to. These services need to follow specific sector guidance in the Governor’s guidance for reopening businesses.
Violations of the orders may be reported to 210-207-SAPD.
The Governor’s order indicates that bars, gyms, bowling alleys, arcades, public swimming pools, massage establishments, tattoo and piercing studios and cosmetology and barber ships must remain closed.

Starting on Friday, May 1, all retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters and malls in Texas would be allowed to open as long as they maintain only 25% occupancy and follow distancing guidelines.

Masks are encouraged for all Texans but are not mandated.

Dentists and other licensed health care professionals can resume services on Friday.

Libraries and museums may also be able to open as long as they don’t have interactive, hands-on exhibits.

Abbott also said churches could expand occupancy, and that sports like tennis or golf can resume as long as there are not more than four people playing together.

Vulnerable populations, including the elderly and people with compromised health, should continue to limit interaction with others during this time.

The second phase would begin in mid-May, if the state is able to maintain health care capacity and limit the spread a new “flare-up” of the disease. Others, like gyms, bars, barbershops and nail salons, would potentially be able to reopen under the second phase.

Starting on Friday, May 8

Barber shops, nail and beauty salons and tanning facilities can open again to customers.

Those businesses have to maintain social and physical distancing between customer stations. Customers in waiting areas need to maintain a 6-foot distance between them or wait outside. Stylists and customers are strongly encouraged to wear masks while services are being performed. Hair stylists will only be able to work with one customer at a time.

Pools can only reopen if they are permitted to operate by the local government. San Antonio has not reopened its city pools as of Friday morning.

Effectively immediately

Phase 2 of reopening Texas amid the coronavirus pandemic to include bars, bowling alleys, summer sports camps and child care services with restrictions. Restaurants will be allowed to expand dine-in seating capacity to 50%.

May 18 – Child care facilities, office buildings (25%), personal care services, youth sports, clubs (scouting, etc), and gyms.

May 22 – Bars (25%), bowling alleys, bingo halls, skating rinks, rodeos, zoos, aquariums, and natural caverns.

May 31 – Youth day camps, overnight youth camps, some professional sports.

School districts have been given the go-ahead to host summer school but social distancing practices must be maintained.

Effective June 12
  • Restaurants may operate at 75% occupancy for dine-in service
    • Applies only to restaurants with less than 51% of their gross sales from alcoholic beverages
  • In counties that filed an attestation form with DSHS, businesses subject to the 50% capacity may operate at 75% starting on June 12.
Effective June 19
  • Amusement parks (in counties with more than 1,000 COVID cases) may operate up to 50% of the normal operating limits as determined by the amusement park operator.
  • Outdoor events and gatherings (like July 4) with estimated attendance of 500 or more are allowed.
    • County judge or mayor, as appropriate, in coordination with local public health authority, may decide if an outdoor event should be modified or occupancy further limited based on facts and circumstances of event and COVID-19.
Effective June 22
  • All businesses must require all employees and customers wear face coverings “when in an area or performing an activity which will necessarily involve close contact or proximity to co-workers or the public” where social distancing isn’t possible.
  • Businesses had until Monday, June 22, to post their health and safety policies.
  • The health and safety policy may also include other measures that help stunt the spread of COVID-19, including temperature checks or health screenings.
  • Businesses must post their policies in a “conspicuous location” to showcase requirements to staff and guests.
  • Wolff’s new order is in effect through 11:59 p.m. June 30, unless extended, modified or terminated early.
  • Face coverings include homemade masks, bandanas, scarfs or handkerchiefs.
  • Businesses that do not follow the order can be fined up to $1,000 for each violation.
  • While individuals are required to wear face coverings, they will not be punished if they don’t.
  • People 10 years of age or older should wear a face covering when unable to keep six feet away from others or in workplaces that require close proximity to coworkers.
  • Face coverings do not need to be worn while exercising, driving alone or with passengers of the same household, getting gas, and eating or drinking.
  • People also do not need face coverings when there’s a greater risk for mental or physical health or safety.
  • The orders also state people do not need to wear a mask when in a building that requires security surveillance, such as banks.
Effective June 26

Bars and similar establishments whose receipts consist of 51% or more of alcohol sales must close by noon, but they can remain open for delivery and takeout. Restaurant dining spaces must operate at a 50% capacity starting on Monday, June 29. Rafting and tubing outfitters must close, just ahead of Fourth of July weekend. Outdoor gatherings of 100 or more must also be approved by local governments.

SAN ANTONIO, TX (July 1, 2020) – Today, Mayor Ron Nirenberg issued a fifth addendum to his Eighth Emergency Health Declaration that will take effect at noon on Friday, July 3, 2020. The order requires that all commercial businesses in San Antonio and Bexar County must, as part of previously required Health and Safety Policies, prominently display a list of COVID-19 symptoms at or near public and employee entrances. If a person is experiencing symptoms they should stay home to prevent spreading the virus to others.

City of San Antonio and Bexar County announce closures of City and County parks for the Fourth of July weekend. All City parks will be closed to the public effective Thursday, July 2 at 11:59 p.m. until Monday, July 6 at 5 a.m. All County parks and park amenities will be closed to the public effective Friday, July 3 at 9 a.m. until Monday, July 6 at 9 a.m.

During the Fourth of July weekend, all outdoor activities within City and County parks are prohibited, with the exception of use of trails such as the City’s Howard W. Peak Greenway Trail system. Trails inside County Parks will be closed, except the two segments of the City’s Howard Peak Greenway Trail System which passes through Rodriguez Park (Leon Creek Trail) and Comanche/Covington Park (Salado Creek Trail).
Outdoor activities such as running, walking, and cycling are permitted on trails, such as the Howard W. Peak Greenway Trail system, as long as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance on maintaining six feet of distance from others is followed. In addition, users should warn others of their presence on the trail and step aside for others to pass.

Thursday, July 2, 2020 – Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday issued a statewide order that requires Texans to wear face coverings in public spaces due to a spike in COVID-19 cases. Abbott has also given mayors and county judges the authority to impose bans on outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people, with exceptions.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 – The current order is in effect as of 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 and continues through 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 unless extended, modified or terminated early by the County Judge. On Thursday, August 27, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff issued an amendment to Executive Order NW-14.

Monday, September 20, 2020 – San Antonio moves into Phase 3 of the four-phase Return to Work Plan, guided by methodology and progress indicators established by the COVID-19 Health Transition Team plan.

Effective, October 14, 2020 – Effective October 14, 2020, the County Judge of each county may choose to opt in with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) to allow bars or similar establishments to operate with in-person service. Bars or similar establishments located in counties that have opted in may operate for in-person service up to 50% of the total listed occupancy inside the bar or similar establishment, but all customers must be seated while eating or drinking at the bar or similar establishment. There is no occupancy limit outdoors at a bar or similar establishment. Bar or similar establishment employees are not counted toward the occupancy limitation. For these purposes, bars or similar establishments are establishments with a permit from TABC that are not otherwise considered restaurants. Bars must stop serving alcohol at 11:00 PM each day. All employees and customers must wear a face covering (over the nose and mouth) wherever it is not feasible to maintain 6 feet of social distancing from another individual not in the same household, except when seated at the bar or similar establishment to eat or drink.

Effective December 10, 2020 Bars that do not serve food will be closed by 11PM on Thursday, December 10, 2020. If you are a bar and want to remain open, contact TABC.

Effective December 29, 2020 – Bexar County officials announced Monday that the county’s businesses now operating at 75% capacity will have to cut back to 50% capacity and all bars must close due to a rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations in the region. The order states that 50% occupancy limits are now in effect for most businesses. The limits also apply for amusement parks, zoos, aquariums, museums, libraries, natural caverns and similar facilities as well as collegiate and professional sporting events.

There are no occupancy limits for churches, local government operations and any services listed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Child care facilities and public and private schools are also exempt from the order.

In addition to reducing capacity to 50% and bar closures, all elective surgeries are also suspended, effective immediately.

On March 2, 2021

Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-34 to provide that, in all counties not in an area with high hospitalizations:

  1. there are no COVID-19-related operating limits for any business or other establishment; and
  2. individuals are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings over the nose and mouth wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household, but no person may be required by any jurisdiction to wear or to mandate the wearing of a face covering.

GA-34 is effective March 10, 2021, at 12:01am and supersedes GA-17, GA-25, GA-29, GA-31, and GA-32.

Parks and Rec information here!
Shelter in Place information here!
Covid 19 information here!
Up to date School Closures here!
Give back to local nonprofits here!
SA job opportunities here!
Back to school updates here!