Answers to frequently asked questions about Bexar County’s Thanksgiving curfew

Residents are prohibited from gathering with others outside their home after 10 p.m.

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SAN ANTONIO – Bexar County, which includes the city of San Antonio, has an imposed curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. starting Thanksgiving night and extending through Monday, Nov. 30.

During the curfew, people will not be allowed to gather outside of their residence unless they are seeking services from a business. Read more on the specifics of the curfew here.

Violations of the curfew could be punishable by up to $1000 fine and, according to the executive order issued by Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolf on Nov. 25, “each day a violation continues constitutes a new offense.”

In response to questions, the city has received regarding the curfew, San Antonio spokesperson Laura Mayes, provided the following frequently asked questions and their respective answers:

Q: I have to work later than 10 PM. Will I be in violation of the curfew?

A: No. The curfew prohibits social gatherings after 10 PM. Driving home from work is not a violation.

Q: Does the curfew apply only to outside gatherings?

A: No. Residents are prohibited from gathering with others outside of their household after 10 p.m., including inside of a private home.

Q: Can food trucks continue to operate after 10 PM?

A: Yes. Food trucks may offer takeout after 10 PM, but they must ensure people don’t linger or gather at the site.

Q: Is exercising after 10 PM a violation the curfew?

A: No. Individuals may exercise after 10 p.m.; however, please note that most City parks have a closing time. Group exercising after 10 p.m. could be cited for a violation. The intent of the curfew is to limit the gathering of people.

Q: Do restaurants need to clear their dining rooms of customers at 10 p.m.?

A: Enforcement officers will honor a grace period of 30 minutes after closing, but restaurants should take all reasonable steps to closed their dining rooms by 10 p.m., such as stopping the seating of new customers before 10 p.m.

Q: I’m going to a wedding this weekend. If it goes later than 10 PM, can I be cited for a curfew violation?

A: If the wedding is being held at a private business, such as an event space, attending the event is not a violation of the curfew. The current state occupancy limitations continue to apply to businesses.

Below is a copy of the executive order issued Wednesday:

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Mary Claire Patton has been a journalist with KSAT 12 since 2015. She has reported on several high-profile stories during her career at KSAT and specializes in trending news and things to do around Texas and San Antonio.