May 19, 2020 — Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff and San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg issued Executive Orders yesterday evening. These additional measures will take effect as of 12:01 a.m. on May 19 and continue through June 4, 2020, unless extended, modified, or terminated early by the County Judge or by City Council.
Foreclosure Proceedings – within Bexar County are temporarily suspended to prevent the displacement of occupants during the public health emergency until July 6, 2020.
Eviction Proceedings – Bexar County rental property owners temporarily suspended evictions until after June 1, 2020 to prevent renters from being displaced due to the public health emergency, except on the order of the Bexar County Justice of the Peace Courts under the procedures and guidelines established by those courts in circumstances which present an imminent threat of:
- physical harm to the property owner, their employees, or other tenants, or
- criminal activity
Judges in those courts are recommended to work with landlords and tenants to develop an appropriate timeline for evictions to proceed.
These measures are consistent with Executive orders from Gov. Abbott who announced on Monday that child care facilities can reopen immediately, bars can open Friday with 25% occupancy limits and restaurants were permitted to operate at 50% capacity starting Friday, up from 25% that’s allowed now.
Here are the latest round of reopenings:
- Gyms, office buildings, and manufacturing sites reopened Monday at 25% occupancy.
- Abbott reopened massage services, electrolysis, waxing, tattoo studios, piercing studios, and hair loss treatment and growth services effective Monday.
- Child care centers and youth clubs are now reopened.
- Bars, craft breweries, and wine tasting rooms can all open at 25% capacity.
- Restaurants previously at 25 percent capacity can up their patronage to 50% of occupancy.
- Movie theaters, retail, museums, and libraries all must stay at 25% capacity for an undetermined amount of time.
- Bowling alleys, bingo halls, rodeos, equestrian events, simulcasting businesses, and skating rinks can reopen at 25% capacity.
- Aquariums, natural caverns open for tourism, and “similar facilities” can reopen up to 25% of capacity.
- Zoos can reopen at “25 percent of the normal operating limits as determined by the zoo owner.”
- Professional basketball, baseball, car racing, football, golf, softball, and tennis leagues will be allowed to reopen on a case-by-case basis without in-person spectators.