Smaller, steady crowds take to Comal County rivers on Labor Day
NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – Some folks who had the day off for Labor day decided to celebrate the holiday in New Braunfels with a little fun in the sun. The Comal River was one of the hot spots to cool off even though the COVID-19 pandemic has led to restrictions throughout the area. A 4-hour drive from Grove in southeast Texas didn’t stop Priscilla Garcia from tubing the river. While Trouth plans to have fun, he is mindful about the pandemic dangers that may be lurking. In an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, river access from public parks in the area is still closed off.
Texas shuts down bars as hospitalizations surpass 5,000
Ellison was operating her bar in violation of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's new order that shut bars back down and limits restaurants' capacities to 50% following a surge in coronavirus cases. In the last four days alone, Texas has reported more than 23,000 confirmed new cases, and Friday surpassed 5,000 hospitalizations for the first time — a threefold increase from a month ago. “At this time, it is clear that the rise in cases is largely driven by certain types of activities, including Texans congregating in bars,” Abbott said. The Texas Restaurant Association supported the rollback, but also pointed out that social distancing made it hard for most restaurants to exceed 50% capacity anyway.
Comal River tubing company temporarily shuts down due to increased COVID-19 cases in the area
NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – An increase in coronavirus cases in Comal County has caused one tubing outfitter along the Comal River to temporarily shutter its business. On the day Riedel decided to temporarily close, Comal County confirmed 52 new cases of COVID-19 and a total of 419 cases, the highest increase for the county since the start of the pandemic. Coronavirus cases on the rise in Comal CountyBy Thursday, the total had jumped by nearly 100 cases for a total of 504. My family and I operate the Float In on the Comal River. Over the past few weeks... Posted by The Float In on Tuesday, June 23, 2020Of the 504 confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases in Comal County, the location breakdown from county officials is:
22-year-old Houston woman drowns in Comal River in New Braunfels
NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – A woman died after swimming in the Comal River Saturday, authorities said. The New Braunfels Police Department issued the following statement on Saturday evening: officers ”working the Comal River near the Tube Chute, were approached by friends of a 22-year old female who had gone under the water, resurfaced, and was having trouble breathing. The officers immediately contacted New Braunfels Fire and EMS; however, prior to the arrival of paramedics, the female became unconscious and unresponsive. The female was then transported by New Braunfels EMS to Christus Santa Rosa Hospital - New Braunfels where she was pronounced deceased. She has since been identified as 22-year old Devon Walton of Houston.
How to staying safe from coronavirus while cooling down in rivers, pools
NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – The Memorial Day weekend led to packed rivers in Comal County, which as of Friday had 81 confirmed cases of COVID-19. The number is relatively lower than those in the surrounding Bexar and Hays counties, but as more people head to Comal County to take a dip in the rivers, there is concern the virus could spike in the area. Comal County epidemiologist, Dr. Anil Mangla, is urging river-goers to wear masks as much as possible. So again, in a pool, you’re going to get more than 10. So your risk from low or no risk is going to shoot up to high risk,” Mangla said.
Comal River reopens for recreation after Memorial Day Weekend storms
NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – The Comal River in New Braunfels has reopened for recreation following Memorial Day Weekend storms that blew minor debris into the river, according to the New Braunfels Police Department. Storms traveled across South Texas over the weekend with a confirmed EF-1 tornado touching down in Bexar County. ‘If I get it, everybody else is going to get it': Crowds head to Comal River over Memorial Day weekendDebris from the storms has been cleaned up and “the clarity of the water on the Comal River is returning to normal,” according to officials with the NBPD. Update: Comal River Reopens for Recreation Effective immediately, the Comal River in New Braunfels is once again open... Posted by New Braunfels Police Department on Tuesday, May 26, 2020River-goers and tubers are being advised to exercise caution when in the river as some debris under the water’s surface may not be visible. The portion of the Guadalupe River that runs through New Braunfels was not affected by the storms and remained open for recreation.
Comal River closed for Memorial Day in New Braunfels after overnight storms
NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – New Braunfels police have temporarily closed a popular tubing area of the Comal River on Monday as overnight storms pushed the debris into the water and the river’s flow to a potentially dangerous speed. “Heavy rains last night have caused an increased flow of water in the Comal River this morning. Overnight, the Comal River flow reached over 500cfs and water went over the Tube Chute Dam. Therefore, the Comal River in New Braunfels is temporarily closed for recreation in order to wait for waters to recede and for minor amounts of debris to be cleaned up. RELATED: ‘If I get it, everybody else is going to get it': Crowds head to Comal River over Memorial Day weekend
‘If I get it, everybody else is going to get it': Crowds head to Comal River over Memorial Day weekend
NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – Crowds gathered along the Comal River for Memorial Day weekend, despite the COVID-19 pandemic and having to social distance. Napoleon said he has visited Prince Solms Park along the Comal River for three weeks in a row. He said he is wasn’t shocked to see large crowds on Memorial Day weekend. Esther Harris came out to the river to celebrate her 20th birthday with her friend. She said she and her group of friends have stayed away from the others until the holiday weekend.
New Braunfels river parks, recreation reopen, with restrictions
NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas – Groups gathered around the Comal River after river parks and recreation in New Braunfels reopened to the public Friday. Our goal is to create an environment where social distancing is possible while enjoying our beautiful parks and rivers. Here are the new guidelines for river parks & river recreation:River parks will have limited hours of operation, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day. River outfitters are required to follow the governor’s guidelines for their operations, including social distancing, occupancy restrictions, and disinfecting of equipment. Guadalupe RiverCypress Bend Park and River Acres Park will reopen Saturday (May 9) with limited capacityOther Amenities