San Antonio, Bexar County extend “Stay Home, Work Safe” measures, mandating masks and banning gatherings

Gatherings still banned, face covering still ordered

SAN ANTONIO – With Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s new orders on reopening some businesses in Texas set to go into effect Friday, Bexar County and San Antonio have extended parts of their “Stay Home, Work Safe” order.

Both orders are in effect through May 19, though the city’s orders are pending city council approval.

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What’s in the order?

In the order, gatherings are still prohibited beyond members of a household and social distancing is still required in any shared outdoor spaces or stores. Those who violate the rule on gatherings are still subject to fines and up to 180 days in jail.

Residents must also continue wearing face coverings while in a place where it is difficult to keep distance from other people, like grocery stores or pharmacies.

Although the face covering mandate is part of the order, no civil or criminal penalties can be imposed to people who do not wear a face covering to align with the governor’s orders.

However, private stores can ask customers to leave if they are not wearing a mask.

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