Declarations & Orders
Mayor's Emergency Declaration
The current declaration, Emergency Declaration No. 8, was extended by City Council and is in effect until further notice.
Mayor Ron Nirenberg issued a seventh addendum to his Eighth Emergency Health Declaration that includes language issued by Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff related to Bexar County's latest Executive Order. This addendum further identifies more stringent measures that are necessary to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. It is effective indefinitely.
Report violations by calling 210.207.SAPD (7273)
Previous Addendums to Declaration No. 8
The Health Directive provides guidance to school districts for phased restarting of in-person instruction.
Bexar County Executive Order
The current order is in effect as of 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 15, 2020 and continues until fourteen (14) days following the termination of the state-wide public health emergency as declared by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, unless extended, modified or terminated early by the County Judge.
Governor's Executive Order
Governor Greg Abbott has issued several Executive Orders detailing the ongoing plan to open businesses and activities in Texas. All newly opened businesses and services are subject to the recommended minimum standard health protocols outlined by DSHS.
Executive Orders Related to Opening the State of Texas
See below for information on key Executive Orders issued by Governor Greg Abbott related to the plan to open additional businesses and activities in Texas. See also the Coronavirus Executive Orders and Waivers page on the Governor’s website.
On July 2, 2020, Gov. Abbott issued an updated Executive Order GA-28(PDF, 273KB) regarding additional measures to slow the spread of COVID-19.
On July 2, 2020, Gov. Abbott issued Executive Order GA-29(PDF, 396KB) relating to the use of face coverings.
On October 7, 2020, Gov. Abbot issued Executive Order GA-32 allowing outdoor events of 10 or more people if approved by the mayor.
View more on the Governor's Executive Orders about opening the state of Texas.
Governor Abbott issued two new statewide executive orders: (1) an Executive Order that requires masks and (2) a proclamation that prohibits gatherings of more than 10 people. Both are effective at noon, July 3, 2020.
1. Mask Order
The Executive Order mandates the wearing of a face covering over the nose and mouth when inside a commercial entity or other building, or when in an outdoor public space wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of distance from another person not in the same household. The following exceptions apply:
- For any person younger than 10 years of age
- Due to a medical condition or disability
- While consuming food or drink or is seated at a restaurant to eat or drink
- When exercising outdoors and maintaining a safe distance from other people not in the same household
- When driving or with passengers of the same household as the driver
- When obtaining a service that requires temporary removal of the face covering for security or screening such as while visiting a bank or obtaining personal-care involving the face
- While in a pool, lake or similar body of water
- While voting, assisting a voter, serving as a poll watcher or actively administering an election, but a face covering is still strongly encouraged
- Religious worship, but wearing a face covering is strongly encouraged
- While giving a speech for broadcast
- When in a county that has minimal cases found at Texas Division of Emergency Management
Specifically, not excepted is any person attending a protest or demonstration involving more than 10 people and who is not practicing safe social distancing from other people not in the same household.
Following a verbal or written warning for a first-time violator, a person's second violation shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed $250. Each subsequent violation shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed $250.
No law enforcement official may jail any person for a violation of this order; however, a law enforcement official may act to enforce trespass laws to remove violators at the request of a business establishment.
Governor Abbott’s proclamation prohibits gathering in groups of more than 10 and requires social distancing from those not in your group. Outdoor gatherings over 10 people that are not listed below may request approval from the mayor to proceed with the event. The gathering prohibition lists following exceptions:
- Any services listed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) in its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce
- Religions services
- Local government operations
- Child-care services
- Youth camps
- Recreational sports programs for youths and adults
- Professional, collegiate, or similar sporting events
- Swimming pools
- Water parks
- Museums and libraries
- Zoos, aquariums, natural caverns, and similar facilities
- Rodeos and equestrian events
- Amusement parks and carnivals
Guidance on Essential Workers
The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) efforts in preparedness and readiness have facilitated a speedy, whole-of-government response in confronting COVID-19, keeping Americans safe, and helping detect and slow the spread of the virus.
Response Plan for Respiratory Viruses
Respiratory Viruses Response Plan: The Response Plan for Respiratory Viruses Having Pandemic Potential describes appropriate virus surveillance activities and responses for different levels of virus and other activity detected. The plan provides response activities for programs within Bexar County and the City of San Antonio along with planning partners.
Respiratory Viruses Plan(PDF, 1MB) - San Antonio Metro Health 5/5/2020
What YOU Can Do
Find out what YOU can do to protect yourself and others from the spread of COVID-19, what symptoms to watch for, and how to get tested. Find information about how San Antonio and Bexar County are reopening safely. Stay informed, get answers to your questions, and find ways to help in the community.
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