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
The following are some of the key updates:
- Effective September 21, 2020, the following business may operate up to 75% capacity:
- Gyms / Exercise Facilities
- Museums and Libraries
- Office-Based Employers
- Effective September 24, 2020 visitation will reopen for nursing homes, assisted living facilities, or long-term care facilities. Proper protocols must be in place with no active COVID cases within the facility.
- Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas Checklists - Updated September 17
- July 2 Governor Abbott issued Executive Order GA-29 requiring all Texans to wear a face covering.
- Past Executive Orders issued by Governor Abbott
All businesses should continue to follow the minimum standard health protocols from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).
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.