SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff have directed non-essential businesses to close and directed residents to remain in their homes in hopes of slowing the spread of the new coronavirus.
The “Stay Home, Work Safe” emergency orders (embedded below) directs residents to shelter at home with the exception of crucial errands and job duties. Restaurants will remain open for delivery and takeout orders, as will grocery stores, gas stations, pharmacies and other essential businesses. The order will be in effect starting 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday and will remain in effect until April 9 unless extended.
Nirenberg pointed to the rise in community-spread cases as part of the reason for the new declarations. As of Monday, Bexar County had 57 cases, 16 of which were contracted in the community, according to the most recent numbers provided by the Metropolitan Health District. One COVID-19 death has been reported in Bexar County so far: a woman in her 80s who suffered from underlying health issues.
“Our message is simple, you must stay at home,” Nirenberg said at a 6 p.m. press conference. “The best way to reduce spread of the coronavirus is through strict social distancing.”