April 14, 2024

Stay home, work safe order in effect

Mayor Ron Nirenberg just signed the Stay Home, Work Safe declaration. This means that all non-essential businesses need to close down. The essential businesses to stay open and to continue practicing social distancing and sanitizing protocols. The Mayor’s emergency declaration #5 began on March 24 at 11:59 p.m. and ends April 9 at 11:59 p.m. After April 9, the situation will be re-evaluated. This order can be rescinded, superseded or amended.

“As you know, and as we expected, the number of positive cases is growing. We need to take additional steps now to slow the spread. The actions I announced today can be summed up as short-term pain in exchange for long term benefit,” said San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg.

Mayor Nirenberg added, “If we do this right – and right away – we suffer fewer consequences in the long term, such as loss of family, friends or neighbors who may be particularly vulnerable right now. If we do this right – and right away – we also position our community to emerge from this crisis more quickly. We give our businesses and institutions an earlier opportunity to begin the recovery process. So, I’m asking every single one of us – every San Antonian, every Bexar County resident – to do our part to halt the spread of the virus. Stay Home and Work Safe.”

“We are facing two major challenges—a public health challenge and an economic challenge.  We must work to together to balance the need to protect the public from the spread of COVID-19 as to not overwhelm our hospital system while trying to preserve jobs and people’s livelihoods by ensuring as many of our citizens remain employed and able to provide for their families,” stated Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff.

“This is a step that your local government can do but we need each and every one of our citizens to do their part so that we will get through this with the least amount of disruption.”

View the city order

View the county order

Mayor Nirenberg and Judge Nelson Wolff are orders all citizens living within the City of San Antonio and the suburban cities within Bexar County to stay home and only leave their homes to perform allowed activities. There are four categories of allowed activities:

  • Activities related to maintaining the health and safety of their family and their pets. Examples are seeking emergency services, obtaining medical supplies or medication and visiting a health care professional. This includes caring for a family member or pet in another household

 

  • Activities to obtain necessary supplies for themselves, their family and household, including groceries or food (such as from curbside or drive thru pickup from restaurants), pet supplies and pet food, supplies needed to work from home and consumer products, such as toilet paper and cleaning supplies.

 

  • Working for an exempted business or government that is providing services needed by the public during this crisis, which is explained in detail below.

 

  • Outdoor activity, such as walking, running or cycling, but only if they maintain social distancing, such as staying six feet away from other people.

 

All individuals should remain home, except for when securing healthcare, purchasing food and basic supplies, exercising outdoors, or working to provide these basic services to the public.
All public and private gatherings consisting of anyone other than a person’s own household or family are prohibited.
Work Safe Order
The Mayor and Judge also ordered all businesses to close and stop operations other than allowing employees to work from home, maintaining security and maintenance of the business’ property and facilitating information technology services that allow employees to work from home.
Businesses and organizations that are providing products and services that are needed by the community during this crisis are exempted. The followed exempted businesses may continue operating, provided they exercise proper social distancing:

  • Healthcare operations, including hospitals, clinics, dentists, pharmaceutical companies and veterinary offices;
  • Government functions to provide for the health, safety and welfare of the public, including first responders, military personnel; trash collection; and water and electric utilities;
  • Schools and education personnel supporting public and private K-12 schools, colleges and universities who are facilitating distance learning;
  • Companies providing or maintaining infrastructure, such as the construction of public works, housing and other infrastructure that supports critical needs, such as water, sewer, gas and electricity, internet and telecommunications;
  • Businesses related to transportation, including gas stations, repair shops, car dealerships, manufacturers, public transportation, such as buses, taxis, rideshare companies and the airport;
  • Information technology companies that provide and maintain internet and telecommunications systems
  • Retail businesses that sell food, gas and household products, such as grocery stores, big box stores, farmers’ markets, laundromats and drycleaners;
  • Charitable organizations providing food, shelter and services to economically disadvantaged or vulnerable populations, including animals;
  • Hotels and other temporary residence facilities;
  • Businesses that provide home maintenance and other services that individuals need to work from home, such as mail and shipping companies, building maintenance, plumbers, electricians, exterminators and professional services, such as legal or accounting services necessary to comply with legally required activities, such as filing taxes;
  • News media, including newspapers, television, radio and other media outlets providing information to the public;
  • Financial institutions, such as banks, credit unions and title companies;
  • Childcare services;
  • Worship services, provided services are distributed by video, teleconference or other remote measures;
  • Funeral services;
  • Business and operations necessary to the 16 critical infrastructure sectors identified by the National Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA.)

Only businesses and organizations that are providing these necessary products or services to the public during this public health crisis will be allowed to continue to operate. All other businesses shall close, but may allow employees to work from home.
Nursing Homes Order
The order prohibits nursing homes, retirement and long-term care facilities from allowing access to non-essential visitors unless they are providing medical assistance or visiting a friend or family member expected to pass away soon.

If you suspect that you have COVID-19, take the online self-screening tool that will help determine if you need immediate medical attention. If you require immediate medical attention, contact your healthcare provider or local urgent care center.

 

San Antonio Police Department will not be pulling over citizens for questioning on whether they’re essential or not. There are people going out to get essential supplies at the grocery store or take out, curbside or delivery food to bring home to the family.