Update from your Chamber on the Coronavirus (3/16)

As you know, your Chamber has been closely monitoring the Coronavirus situation particularly here in Texas and San Antonio. On Friday we reported the Mayor’s State of Pubic Health Emergency declaration. Today, at another press conference, Mayor Ron Nirenberg restricted public gatherings to 50 or fewer people to help slow Coronavirus spread. To that end, your Chamber is postponing all upcoming special events through the end of April and working with our Council and Committee Chairs to either hold our Council and Committee meetings virtually or postpone them.

The San Antonio Business Community must implement simple and effective procedures in the workplace such as requiring sick employees to stay home, washing your hands frequently, and coughing or sneezing into a tissue or your sleeve in order to prevent or minimize the spread of any illness.  It is also advisable to develop a Infectious Disease Outbreak Plan that is timely and easy to understand in order to protect yourself, your employees and co-workers, and to keep your business operating. To provide our businesses, residents, and the community at large with information and tools you can use to instill confidence in your employees and customers and minimize health risks, we have assembled a webpage packed with educational resources on the disease and its prevention, including links to business-specific information.

Additionally, with virtually all blood drives canceled because of fears of the coronavirus, San Antonio is facing a critical blood shortage. To help avoid a blood shortage emergency, the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center and the City of San Antonio are teaming up to hold a community blood drive at the Alamodome this week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9 am. – 6 p.m.  Donations at the drive – and starting this week, donations at all South Texas Blood & Tissue Center donor rooms – are by appointment only to manage flow and avoid crowding. Donors can make an appointment at or by calling 210-731-5590.

We hope you find this information and our resources helpful.  Your Chamber will keep you updated as new information is made available to us.

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