Updated City and County COVID-19 Orders

July 3, 2020 — Gov. Greg Abbott issued an order July 2 requiring all Texans residing in counties with more than 20 cases to wear a face mask while in a commercial space or public buildings or when in an outdoor setting that does not allow for 6 feet of physical distancing. The order goes into effect at 12:01 p.m. on July 3.

The Governor also issued a proclamation giving mayors and county judges the ability to impose restrictions on some outdoor gatherings of over 10 people, and making it mandatory that, with certain exceptions, people cannot be in groups larger than 10 and must maintain 6 feet of social distancing from others.

There are several exceptions where the face-covering requirement does not apply including:
  • Anyone 10 years old or younger
  • Individuals with health conditions that prevent them from wearing a mask
  • Someone who is consuming food or drink
  • Any person who is voting, assisting a voter, serving as a poli watcher, or actively administering an election
For a full list of exceptions, click here to view the Executive Order.
Violators could face up to $250 in fines. People not wearing a face mask when required may receive a written or verbal warning for their first violation.

July 1, 2020 — The City of San Antonio updated its Emergency Health Declaration on June 30, 2020, expanding safety requirements for businesses. In our communication with Metro Health and the County, we were given an update which includes recommendations for temperature checks and a requirement for businesses to post a list of COVID symptoms on their doors.

In the amended order, commercial entities must now prominently display a list of COVID-19 symptoms at or near the public and employee entrances of the premises.

The Health and Safety Policy required to be developed and implemented by this Executive Order may also include the implementation of other mitigating measures designed to control and reduce the transmission of COVID-19 such as temperature checks or health screenings. Temperature screening is highly encouraged for employees, customers, and for visitors to retail stores with volume and capacity levels that allow for practical implementation.

Additionally, this order expands the prohibition on large gatherings in excess of 100 people, whether indoors or outdoors, except for those expressly excepted.
An entity or organizer of specifically-identified large gatherings or events under excepted activities must now implement a Health and Safety Policy which requires that all employees, visitors, or customers to the entity or organizer’s premises or other facilities:8
Wear face coverings when performing an activity where social distancing is not possible, and
Implement temperature/symptom screening and protocols for maintaining social distancing during the gathering.
These requirements for large gatherings or events are effective Friday, July 3, 2020, beginning at 12:00 p.m.

This new order is effective as of 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, and continuing through 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15, 2020.

Copy of the Bexar County Executive Order:

For a list of resources from the County which includes a downloadable list of symptoms for businesses. See here:

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