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.

On February 5, 2021 the Mayor signed the attached 12th Addendum to the Declaration of Public Health Emergency. The addendum incorporates the recent federal mask order issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention aimed at travelers on public conveyance and operators of transportation hubs, such as the San Antonio International Airport.

Report violations by calling 210.207.SAPD (7273)

Health Directive

The Health Directive provides guidance to school districts for phased restarting of in-person instruction.

Previous Amendments

Bexar County Executive Order

The current order is in effect as of Monday, December 28, 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.

Previous Orders

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.

Executive Order GA-32

Under Governor Abbott’s most current state COVID-19 order (GA-32) an area of “high hospitalization” means any Trauma Service Area (TSA) that has had seven consecutive days in which the number of COVID hospitalized patients as a percentage of total hospital capacity exceeds 15%. If an area becomes a “high hospitalization” area, then any business operation with a 75% occupancy limit under GA-32 is reduced to only 50% occupancy limit. The reduced occupancy limit continues until the area has seven days under 15%.

On December 22 the TSA serving Bexar County reached 15.1%. The new occupancy limits will go into effect on December 29, 2020.

Businesses Operating with Reduced 50% Limit

They include non-CISA/non-exempt businesses like:

  • Restaurants
  • Gyms
  • Retail establishments, including vape stores and hobby stores
  • Amusement parks
  • Water parks
  • Swimming pools
  • Museums
  • Libraries
  • Zoos, aquariums, natural caverns, and similar facilities
  • Indoor and outdoor professional, collegiate, and similar sporting events
  • (Bars remain closed)

Businesses Not Affected by New Occupancy Limits

Exemptions: These are still allowed to operate despite High Hospitalization:

  • At 100%:
    • Religious services
    • CISA services (including grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, pet stores, Walmart/Target Superstores, gun stores, shooting ranges)
    • Local government operations
    • Child-care services
    • Youth camps
    • Recreational sports (youth and adult)
    • Any public or private schools
    • Drive-in concerts, movies or the like
  • With 6 feet between work stations:
    • Cosmetology salons, hair salons, barber shops
    • Nail salons
    • Massage establishments or other facility where licensed massage therapists practice
    • Other personal care or beauty services such as tanning salons, tattoo studios, piercing studios, hair removal studios, and hair loss treatment or growth services

Elective Surgeries Postponed

If “high hospitalization” is reached then every hospital shall postpone all surgeries and procedures that are not medically necessary to diagnose or correct a serious medical condition of, or to preserve the life of, a patient who without timely performance of the surgery or procedure would be at risk for serious adverse medical consequences or death, as determined by the patient’s physician; provided, however, that this prohibition shall not apply to any surgery or procedure that, if performed in accordance with the commonly accepted standard of clinical practice, would not deplete any hospital capacity needed to cope with the COVID-19 disaster.

Find out more about Executive Order GA-32.

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:

  1. 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
  2. Religions services
  3. Local government operations
  4. Child-care services
  5. Youth camps
  6. Recreational sports programs for youths and adults
  7. Professional, collegiate, or similar sporting events
  8. Swimming pools
  9. Water parks
  10. Museums and libraries
  11. Zoos, aquariums, natural caverns, and similar facilities
  12. Rodeos and equestrian events
  13. Amusement parks and carnivals

More Information

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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