City of San Antonio issues new Public Health Emergency Order
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Laura Mayes, City of San Antonio (210-207-1337)
 Michelle Vigil, City of San Antonio (210) 207-8172

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SAN ANTONIO (June 30, 2020) — Today, Mayor Ron Nirenberg signed a fourth addendum to his Eighth Emergency Health Declaration ordering expanded safety requirements for businesses. The order is effective noon on Thursday, July 2 and will remain in place indefinitely.

"The rapid acceleration of COVID-19 cases in our community requires additional vigilance," said Mayor Ron Nirenberg. "We all have to stay serious about thwarting the spread of the coronavirus. We can't afford to let up or be complacent."

 Today, San Antonio reported a surge of 1,268 new COVID-19 cases. The area also continues to see an exponential rise in the number of patients hospitalized, in the ICU, or on ventilators due to COVID-19 complications.

UPDATES TO THE ORDER INCLUDE:

 All businesses providing goods or services to the public must develop and implement a health and safety policy that must include at a minimum that all employees and visitors go through a pre-screening involving symptom questions and a temperature check.

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 This is in addition to the Mayor's previous order which mandates that all employees and patrons wear face coverings when they are in an area or performing activities which will involve close contact or proximity to others where six feet of separation is not feasible.

 All large gatherings of 100 or more people, whether indoor or outdoor are prohibited. Exceptions to this order include the standard exceptions as detailed by Governor Greg Abbott.

EXCEPTIONS:
 Excepted activities including recreational sports programs for youths and adults; professional, collegiate, or similar sporting events; swimming pools; water parks; museums and libraries; zoos, aquariums, natural caverns, and similar facilities; rodeos and equestrian events; and amusement parks and carnivals must implement a Health and Safety Policy to include pre-screening, temperature checks and the use of face coverings by Friday, July 3, 2020 8 a.m.

 Exceptions to the order include:

1. Any services listed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) in its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce
 2. Religious services
 3. Local government operations
 4. Child-care services
 5. Youth camps

The following excepted activities must still implement a Health and Safety Policy to include pre-screening of symptoms and temperature checks and must use face coverings where physical distancing is not possible:

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6. Recreational sports programs for youths and adults
 7. Professional, collegiate, or similar sporting events
 8. Swimming pools
 9. Water parks
 10. Museums and libraries
 11. Zoos, aquariums, natural caverns, and similar facilities
 12. Rodeos and equestrian events
 13. Amusement parks and carnivals

The City of San Antonio will continue to monitor the warning and progress indicators as outlined at covid19.sanantonio.gov to determine whether additional mitigation measures are necessary.

 The order is attached.

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