SAN ANTONIO – Publisher
San Antonio, Texas
9/29/2020 6:30 p.m.
Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 in Bexar County have plateaued as social distancing guidelines and mask mandates remain in place for residents. Health officials are providing guidance to school districts on when and how to reopen and businesses are required to implement safeguards to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
A majority of social distancing guidelines remain in place in San Antonio.
Officials have banned gatherings, both indoor and outdoor, of 100 people or more, with exceptions.
Nearly every large gathering in San Antonio, like Fiesta, Mala Luna Music Festival and Diwali SA have announced their 2020 events will be canceled due to the pandemic.
In San Antonio, people 10 years or older must wear a face covering over their nose and mouth where it is difficult to social distance.
Gov. Greg Abbott has mandated that Texans in counties with 20 or more COVID-19 cases must wear face coverings in public.
In Bexar County, 230 patients are hospitalized due to COVID-19 on Tuesday.
Available hospital capacity is at 12%, and 73% of ventilators are available.
Metro Health has unveiled a new school safety indicator to help guide Bexar County schools weighing the decision to reopen. The topic was discussed recently in a KSAT Back to School virtual town hall.
Currently, the bar is yellow — indicating that the risk level is moderate.
Six Flags Fiesta Texas, SeaWorld San Antonio and the San Antonio Zoo are open at a 50% capacity limit, as allowed by Abbott.
Businesses and facilities
Commercial entities must implement a policy that requires face masks and the prominent display of COVID-19 symptoms, according to the mayor’s orders.
The city is encouraging businesses to take the temperatures of customers if they have the resources and capacity to do so.
VIA Metropolitan Transit has increased measures to ensure its buses are thoroughly cleaned. The bus system also has modified its routes to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic.
How to help
If you’d like to help those in need during the coronavirus pandemic, here’s a webpage of stories with resources and tips.