Judge Nelson Wolff has declared a state of local disaster as a result of a continuing surge of coronavirus cases.
Under the order that will continue until August 12, face coverings are required for anyone over the age of ten when inside a commercial entity or other building or space open to the public or in an outdoor public space, wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household or when working in areas that require close proximity. The penalty for a violation is a verbal warning for the first infraction, a fine of up to $250 for a second infraction, and any subsequent violations.
Large gatherings of more than ten people are strictly prohibited, whether they are outside or inside. Restaurants must operate at up to 50% capacity. Bars will be closed, unless open for pickup and delivery.
Metro Health reports 479 new COVID-19 cases in Bexar County, along with seven new deaths.
There have have now been 21,546 cases since the pandemic began. 208 people have died.
Officials say 1,231 people who are hospitalized, with 438 in ICU.