Today, the San Antonio City Council unanimously approved extension of the Stay Home, Work Safe Orders to June 4. The order is in alignment with Governor’s Abbott’s most recent executive order issued Tuesday related to Phase Two to Reopen Texas.
Under this order, San Antonio residents- especially those above the age of 65 – are encouraged to stay home as much as possible, except when it is necessary to provide or obtain covered services. Gatherings beyond members of a household are still discouraged and social distancing is still required in any shared outdoor spaces or stores. Residents above the age of 10 are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering while in a place where it is difficult to social distance, such as in grocery stores or pharmacies. In addition, employers are strongly encouraged to provide cloth face coverings to employees who are in close proximity to co-workers or the public.
Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff stressed earlier this week that residents need to continue maintaining social distancing while outside their residence. It is important to note that cloth masks are a secondary line of defense against COVID-19, and our primary defense is social distancing. Wearing a mask in public along with social distancing measures will further help slow the spread of COVID-19.
We applaud the work of business and healthcare leaders locally and throughout the state who are tasked with developing strategic plans to reopen our local and state economies. We look forward to the phased approach to reopen San Antonio and Texas in an effort to get all Texans back to work. At the same time, we understand the importance of heeding the advice of our healthcare professionals.
You can click here to view the official Stay Home, Work Safe Order signed by Judge Wolff and here for the same order signed by Mayor Nirenberg. If you have any questions about the order, please contact Stephanie Reyes, Vice President of Public Policy. She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 210-229-2162.