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Posted on: October 7, 2020

State and Local Response to COVID-19

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At the June 24 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.

The City has created a designated webpage for COVID-19 information including Schertz’s response as well as County, State, and County health services information. All of this information can be found at Schertz.com/COVID19.

On October 7 Governor Abbott issued Executive Order GA-32

The following are some of the key updates: 

  • Effective October 14, 2020, bars or similar establishments that hold a permit from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC), and are not defined as restaurants, may offer on-premises services at up to 50 percent of the total listed occupancy of the establishment if:
    • a. The bar or similar establishment is not in an area with high hospitalizations as defined above, and the county judge of the county in which the bar or similar establishment is located files the requisite form with TABC
    • b. The bar or similar establishment is in an area with high hospitalizations as defined above, but is located in a county that has filed with DSHS, and is in compliance with, the requisite attestation form promulgated by DSHS regarding minimal cases of COVID-19, and the county judge of the county in which the bar or similar establishment is located also files the requisite form with TABC.   
  • Effective October 14, 2020, businesses like amusement parks, movie theaters, zoos, aquariums, and bowling alleys can expand to 75% capacity in counties with low COVID-19 hospitalizations.

Governor Greg Abbott also issued Executive Order GA-29 on July 2 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.

All businesses should continue to follow the minimum standard health protocols from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

Reminders for individuals 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.


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