San Antonio 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 immediately and if extended by City Council at this Thursday’s meeting, will last until 11:59 p.m. on June 4, or until it is either rescinded, superseded or amended.
These orders do not supersede Governor Abbott's orders earlier this week that moved the state into Phase 2 of the reopening of Texas.
“As our economy slowly reopens with a phased approach, the physical distancing and other common-sense measures recommended by our public safety officials are as important as ever,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “The way to return to public activities without being forced back to stricter requirements is to behave responsibly and with consideration for others. These orders guide us toward safely reviving our economy.”
“The measures we have implemented over the past few months have led to Bexar County having a very low infection rate. With this new order, we are continuing to ensure the health and safety of our community while ensuring that everyone can go back to work and go about their lives,” said Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff.
The following is a copy of the San Antonio order:
KEY UPDATES TO THE ORDERS
The public is encouraged to stay home as much as possible, except when it is necessary to provide or obtain covered services. The public should minimize social gatherings and in-person contact with people outside of their immediate households. Covered services include those defined by Governor Gregg Abbott’s Executive Order GA-23, which was issued on May 18. Covered services also includes everything listed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) 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.
Guidance for those 65 and older
People over the age of 65 are strongly encouraged to stay at home as much as possible; to maintain appropriate distance from any member of the household who has been out of the residence in the previous 14 days; and, if leaving the home, to implement social distancing and to practice good hygiene, environmental cleanliness, and sanitation. If individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces outside their home or engaged in Covered Services, then they must maintain social distancing of at least six feet from any other person.
Cloth face coverings
The orders strongly encourage that all people 10 years or older wear a cloth face covering over their nose and mouth when in a public place, or patronizing covered 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. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) advise face coverings for people 2 years or older.
Employers that are covered services are strongly encouraged to 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, such as maintaining six-feet of distance from others, while outside their home. The best protection against COVID-19 is to stay home.
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-23 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.
In addition, interactive amusement venues such as arcades, amusement parks or water parks remain closed under the Governor Abbott’s Executive Order GA-23.