SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg and City Council voted Thursday to officially extend “Stay Home, Work Safe” orders.
Nirenberg’s sixth declaration, announced on Wednesday evening, is in effect through May 19. The order was pending city council approval.
Council voted 10-1 to extend the declaration. District 10 councilman Clayton Perry voted against it.
The “Stay Home, Work Safe” order is consistent with Gov. Greg Abbott’s orders, which still prohibits large gatherings but allows certain services to reopen, according to City Attorney Andy Segovia.
Dine-in restaurants, retail stores, movie theaters, malls, museums and libraries are allowed to reopen with 25% capacity. Bars, gyms, public swimming pools, salons and other businesses will remain closed.
Gatherings are limited to household members except for essential services, reopened business or outdoor activity. Outdoor activity should be limited to four people, Segovia said.
While face coverings are required for people 10 and older, Segovia said there will be no civil or criminal penalty, which falls in line with Abbott’s orders. Read the extended emergency orders below.
A special joint meeting between City Council and the Bexar County Commissioners Court was held on Tuesday when they reviewed the COVID-19 Health Transition Team report.
The report provided local officials with guidance on how to reopen the local economy while not risking the spread of the coronavirus. Read the document below.
COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new virus, stands for coronavirus disease 2019. The disease first appeared in late December 2019 in Wuhan, China, but spread around the world in early 2020, causing the World Health Organization to declare a pandemic in March. The first case confirmed in the U.S. was in mid-January and the first case confirmed in San Antonio was in mid-February.
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