WHAT IS SCHERTZ DOING IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19?
At the June 23 City Council meeting, Council extended the declaration of disaster and public health emergency until the Disaster Declaration put in place by Governor Abbott for the State of Texas expires.
Some city events, programs, and services have been impacted by the COVID-19 situation and more information is provided on our News and Information section of the website’s homepage. The City will continue to share regular updates with residents on Schertz.com, and the City’s Facebook page.
State and County Orders
TEXAS GOVERNOR’S OFFICE
update july 2
Governor Greg Abbott today issued Executive Order GA-29 requiring all Texans to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth in public spaces in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases, with few exceptions. 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 ten and must maintain six feet of social distancing from others.
"Wearing a face covering in public is proven to be one of the most effective ways we have to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Abbott. “We have the ability to keep businesses open and move our economy forward so that Texans can continue to earn a paycheck, but it requires each of us to do our part to protect one another—and that means wearing a face covering in public spaces. Likewise, large gatherings are a clear contributor to the rise in COVID-19 cases. Restricting the size of groups gatherings will strengthen Texas’ ability to corral this virus and keep Texans safe. We all have a responsibility to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our communities safe. If Texans commit to wearing face coverings in public spaces and follow the best health and safety practices, we can both slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep Texas open for business. I urge all Texans to wear a face covering in public, not just for their own health, but for the health of their families, friends, and for all our fellow Texans.”
Additionally, the Governor released a new video message to coincide with his Executive Order, encouraging Texans to do their part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and keep their communities safe. The video can be downloaded at this link and can also be viewed on YouTube.
Update june 26
Governor Greg Abbott has issued Executive order GA-28 limiting certain businesses and services as part of the state’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. This decision comes as the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 and the number of hospitalizations have increased and the positivity rate in Texas increased above 10%, which the Governor previously stated would lead to further preventative action. The targeted, measured directives in the executive order are based on links between certain types of businesses and services and the recent rise in positive cases throughout the state.
The order includes the following:
- All bars and similar establishments that receive more than 51% of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages are required to close at 12:00 PM June 26, 2020. These businesses may remain open for delivery and take-out, including for alcoholic beverages, as authorized by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
- Restaurants may remain open for dine-in service, but at a capacity not to exceed 50% of total listed indoor occupancy, beginning Monday, June 29, 2020.
- Rafting and tubing businesses must close.
- Outdoor gatherings of 100 or more people must be approved by local governments, with certain exceptions.
Update june 25
Governor Greg Abbott has issued Executive Order GA-27 to ensure hospital bed availability for COVID-19 patients as Texas faces an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. The Governor’s order suspends elective surgeries at hospitals in Bexar, Dallas, Harris, and Travis counties. Under this order, the Governor directs all hospitals in these counties to postpone all surgeries and procedures that are not immediately, medically necessary to correct a serious medical condition or to preserve the life of a patient who without immediate performance of the surgery or procedure would be at risk for serious adverse medical consequences or death, as determined by the patient’s physician.
Through proclamation, the Governor can add or subtract from the list of counties included in the Executive Order to address surges in hospitalizations that may arise in other parts of the state.
All businesses should continue to follow the minimum standard health protocols from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Details and a full list of guidelines, openings, and relevant dates can be found here.
Reminders for those going out:
- Individuals are strongly encouraged to wear appropriate face coverings.
- People should not be in groups greater than ten when possible.
- People over the age of 65 are encouraged to stay at home as much as possible.
- People are still asked to avoid nursing homes, state-supported living centers, assisted living facilities, or long-term care facilities.
Department of State Health Services
STATE AND COUNTY HEALTH SERVICES
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local public health agencies in monitoring and reporting confirmed cases.
DSHS Public Health Region 8 is the lead agency for information on COVID-19 in Guadalupe County. Residents can contact them for more information at (210) 949-2000 (Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
City of San Antonio Metropolitan Health District is the lead agency for information on COVID-19 for Bexar County and residents can call their hotline to ask questions about the virus. The hotline is available in English and Spanish. Residents can call (210) 207-5779. (Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Comal County Public Health is the lead agency for information on COVID-19 for Comal County. Residents can contact them for more information at (830) 221-1150 (Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.). Comal County Public Health has COVID-19 Information page setup.
what applies to me?
Orders and declarations due to the Coronavirus are being issued quickly by cities and counties around the state. There exists a lot of variation among these, which is complicated by the overlapping nature of the state, counties, and cities, and can be confusing for residents and businesses as to which regulations apply to them. You may have noticed by now that what applies to one city may not apply to another, as some cities are abiding by the Governors or County’s orders, while others have gone a step further and placed more restrictive regulations on their cities with City Council approval.
For Schertz residents and businesses this issue is a bit more complex as the city limits of Schertz fall in not one, not two, but three counties. Check what county you live in here.
The City knows this can seem confusing and overwhelming in addition to all of the COVID-19 information you are digesting, but we are here to help. We have created a quick and easy way for you to navigate what applies to you in this short video.