The City has created a designated webpage for COVID-19 information including Schertz’s response, confirmed case counts by County, State, and County health services information, and current State and County orders. All of this information can be found at Schertz.com/COVID19.
On April 27, Governor Greg Abbott announced the first phase of the State of Texas’ ongoing plan to safely and strategically open Texas while minimizing the spread of COVID-19.
By way of Executive Order (GA-18), all retail stores, restaurants, movie theaters, and malls are permitted to reopen on Friday, May 1. These services must limit their capacity to 25% of their listed occupancy. Within shopping malls, the food-court dining areas, play areas, and interactive displays and settings must remain closed. All museums and libraries may open under the same 25% occupancy limitation, but interactive areas of museums must remain closed. State libraries and museums will open by May 1, and local public museums and libraries may reopen only if permitted by the local government. Single-person offices may reopen as well. Churches and places of worship remain open. Outdoor sports are allowed to resume so long as no more than four participants are playing together at one time. Certain social distancing practices must also be followed.
DSHS has recommended minimum standard health protocols for all individuals, all employers and employees, as well as industry-specific protocols. These protocols are outlined in the Open Texas Checklists within the Governor’s report beginning on page 20.
Essential services such as farmers and ranchers, grocery and drug stores, banks, and gas stations will continue to operate. Public swimming pools, bars, gyms, cosmetology salons, massage establishments, interactive amusement venues, such as bowling alleys and video arcades, and tattoo and piercing studios will remain closed through Phase I. Nursing homes, state-supported living centers, assisted living facilities, and long-term care facilities must remain closed to visitors unless to provide critical assistance.
This executive order supersedes Executive Order GA- 16 but does not supersede Executive Orders GA-10, GA-11, GA-12, GA-13, GA-15, or GA-17. This order shall remain in effect and in full force until 11:59 p.m. on May 15, 2020, unless it is modified, amended, rescinded, or superseded by the governor.
Executive Order (GA-19) relaxes certain restrictions related to health care professionals and amends requirements related to hospital capacity. This executive order will supersede Executive Order GA-15 as of 12:01 a.m. on May 1, 2020. This executive order shall remain in effect and in full force until modified, amended, rescinded, or superseded by the governor.
Executive Order (GA-20) eliminates the mandatory 14-day quarantine period for individuals traveling from Louisiana. Under GA-20, the mandated 14-day quarantine for travelers from the following areas remains in place: California; Connecticut; New York; New Jersey; Washington; Atlanta, Georgia; Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan, and Miami, Florida.
City events, programs, and services have been impacted by the COVID-19 situation and a full listing of closures and cancellations and city operational changes are provided on our News and Information section of the Schertz.com homepage. The City will continue to share regular updates with residents on Schertz.com, and the City’s Facebook page.