San Antonio And Bexar County Extend Stay Home, Work Safe Orders

San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Judge Nelson Wolff have issued separate but joint updates to their Stay Home, Work Safe Orders in an effort 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and if extended by City Council at this Thursday’s meeting, will last until 11:59 p.m. on May 19, or until it is either rescinded, superseded or amended.

“The social distancing and other common-sense measures recommended by our public safety officials have been successful,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “The new orders are a continuation of that effective strategy, which is undoubtedly limiting the spread of COVID-19 and reducing the damage being done by this highly contagious disease.

“An important part of our success has been our partnership with Judge Wolff and Bexar County. We plan to continue that teamwork as we move forward,” Mayor Nirenberg added.

“This latest order will allow us to keep the tools in place that have proved successful while still conforming to the Governor’s latest orders. Furthermore, this order extends the temporary suspension of eviction and foreclosure proceedings,” stated County Judge Nelson Wolff. “Together with the City of San Antonio, we have put in place measures based on science and medical guidance that will allow for the gradual reopening while still providing for the safety of our community.” 

Cloth face coverings:

The orders require that all people 10 years or older must continue to wear a cloth face covering over their nose and mouth when in a public place, or patronizing essential services or reopened services, where it is difficult to maintain six feet of distance from others, such as when visiting a grocery store or pharmacy and/or working in areas that involve close proximity with other coworkers.

Employers that are essential services and reopened services must provide face cloth face coverings to employees who are working in an area or activity which will necessarily involve close contact or proximity to co-workers or the public where six feet separation from other individuals is not feasible.

Cloth face coverings could include homemade masks, scarfs, bandanas, or a handkerchief. The public should reserve medical grade masks and N95 respirators for first responders and health care workers. The public must continue social distancing while outside their home while performing essential activities, as outlined in the Mayor’s Stay Home Work Safe Order.

Face coverings do not need to be worn in the following circumstances:

  • When exercising outside or engaging in physical activity outside
  • While driving alone or with passengers who are part of the same household as the driver
  • When doing so poses a greater mental or physical health, safety, or security risk
  • While pumping gas or operating outdoor equipment
  • While in a building or activity that requires security surveillance or screening, for example, banks
  • When consuming food or drink

When using cloth face coverings, the public should:

  • Wash their hands with soap and water before putting on your mask.
  • Make sure it covers their mouth and nose. It should fit snugly, but comfortably.
  • Not touch their eyes, nose, and mouth while wearing your mask.
  • When removing, avoid touching their face.
  • Wash their hands or use hand sanitizer immediately after.
  • Remember to wash their mask. Cloth face coverings can go straight in the washing machine or can be washed by hand with soap and warm water.

Consistent with Executive Order GA-18 issued by Governor Greg Abbott, a civil or criminal penalty will not be imposed on persons who do not wear a cloth face covering, but they should consider the health and safety of their neighbors as they leave their homes for essential activities.

The best protection against COVID-19 is to stay home.

Essential services:

All businesses operating within San Antonio and Bexar County, except essential services and reopened services as defined by Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-18 are required to stop operations and close. These services should follow the following protocols:

  • Limit the amount of people at pickup or in an establishment so that social distancing is maintained
  • Implement an organized line system where people are spaced at least six-feet apart
  • Use of drive-thru, pickup or delivery options for food and drinks continues to be highly encouraged.
  • Limiting occupancy to 25 percent of the limit on the establishment’s Certificate of Occupancy is highly encouraged.

Essential services include those listed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, Version 3.0 or any subsequent version, plus religious services conducted in churches, congregations, and houses of worship.

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.

Other essential services may be added to this list with the approval of the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM). Requests for additions should be directed to TDEM at or by visiting the TDEM website at

Those businesses that are required to remain closed should review and follow the COVID-19 Health Transition Team Report: A guide to reopening San Antonio and Bexar County, which can be found here.

Isolation and self-quarantine:

Those who are sick should stay at home and not engage in any activity outside their residence, unless they are seeking treatment or health care. If someone in a household has tested positive for COVID-19 then the must follow the isolation and quarantine measures proscribed by local, state, or federal health authorities.

If a member of a household tests positive then other members of the household should consider themselves positive if they become symptomatic and also follow the isolation and quarantine measures proscribed by local, state, or federal health authorities.

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