Update to the Stay Home Work Safe Order: Face Coverings

Both the City of San Antonio and Bexar County have made updates to the Stay Home, Work Safe Orders. San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg issued a Second Addendum to Exhibit 1 of the city’s Stay Home Work Safe Order.  While there is not a date on the Second Addendum, the City has stated that the requirements found in the order should all be met by April 20th

Some key elements of this Second Addendum are discussed below.

In addition to reiterating previously stated personal hygiene and CDC guidelines, the Mayor’s Second Addendum requires all people 10 years or older to wear a cloth face covering over their nose and mouth when in a public place, in circumstances where it is difficult to keep six feet away from other people.  The types of approved cloth face coverings could include homemade masks, scarfs, bandanas, or a handkerchief.

This Second Addendum also requires that within three (3) days from its issuance, ALL EMPLOYERS operating as exempt businesses, under current orders, are to provide face coverings to employees that work in situations involving close proximity to co-workers and the public, as well as training on how to appropriately use the face masks.

This Second Addendum highlights that the requirement to wear face coverings does not apply to persons engaged in outside exercise or physical activity, while driving alone or with family members from the same household, while pumping gas or operating outdoor equipment, when inside buildings or businesses that require security surveillance (like banks), or when eating.

The Second Addendum also limits occupancy numbers for certain exempt businesses. The new rules limit the number of people allowed inside their establishments to 25% of the limit listed on their certificate of occupancy. For example, if the current occupancy limit is 100, within three (3) days from the issuance of the these orders an impacted business would only be allowed to have 25 people inside at a time. This includes grocery stores, warehouse stores, big-box stores, liquor stores, bodegas, gas stations and farmer’s markets.

The full Second Addendum from Mayor Nirenberg can be seen here.

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