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Yes. COVID-19 is still a threat to public health, and it is up to us as individuals to practice good hygiene to reduce risk. Keep a six foot distance between yourself and others, wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face, stay home if you are feeling sick, and wear a cloth mask when out in public.
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Governor Greg Abbott has issued an executive order limiting certain businesses and services as part of the state’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.
The order includes the following:
All businesses should continue to follow the minimum standard health protocols from DSHS. For details and a full list of guidelines, openings, and relevant dates, visit http://open.texas.gov.
Reminders for those going out:
View the Governor’s Executive Order.
Beginning May 1, Texans are allowed to leave home to provide or obtain essential services or reopened services (restaurants, retailers, theaters, malls); however, social gatherings and in-person contact with people who are not in the same household should still be minimized.
Guidelines for people over the age of 65 are posted on pages 6 and 7 in Texans Helping Texans: The Governor’s Report to Open Texas. These guidelines include:
To determine your occupancy limit, please contact the San Marcos FD Prevention Division at (512) 805-2600 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and an Inspector will respond to your location and calculate your allowed occupancy.
Yes, individual businesses can require face coverings be worn by customers upon entry.
It is preferable to allocate 1 to 2 hours in the morning hours for at-risk customers. This allows them to access the facility early in the day before other customers have occupied the space.
Restaurants may remain open for dine-in service, but at a capacity not to exceed 50% of total listed indoor occupancy, beginning Monday, June 29, 2020.
All bars and similar establishments that receive more than 51% of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages are required to close at 12:00 PM June 26, 2020. These businesses may remain open for delivery and take-out, including for alcoholic beverages, as authorized by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
All businesses currently operating at 25% capacity can expand their occupancy to 50% with certain exceptions. Full details are listed at https://open.texas.gov/
Effective May 8, 2020, salons and barber shops may operate provided they can ensure at least 6 feet social distancing between operating work stations and service of one customer at a time per stylist. Because of the proximity between individuals in these facilities, stringent compliance with these protocols is strongly recommended: https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/organization/opentexas/OpenTexas-Checklist-Barber-Shops.pdf
Gyms and exercise facilities and classes may operate up to 50% of the total listed occupancy of the gym or exercise facility. Locker rooms and shower facilities must remain closed, but restrooms may be open. Employees and contractors of the gym or exercise facility are not counted towards the 25% occupancy limitation. Full safety checklist: https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/organization/opentexas/OpenTexas-Checklist-Gyms-Exercise-Facilities.pdf
Movie theaters may open at 50% capacity.
Museums and libraries may open at 50% capacity.
Please contact the COVID-19 Business Hotline at (512) 393-5930.
All City facilities that are currently closed, including the public library, parks and playscapes, will remain closed at this time and opening will be evaluated in coordination with the results of the additional state testing.
River parks, greenspaces and nature trails are open to the public but caution is still advised. In addition, the Dog Park is now open. For a listing of open and closed parks and greenspaces, visit www.sanmarcostx.gov/covid19parksinfo
Consistent with the actions taken by many individuals across the state, consider wearing cloth face coverings (over the nose and mouth) when participating in the adult recreation sports event and practice. If available, individuals should consider wearing non-medical grade face masks. Spectators should avoid being in a group larger than 10 individuals. Within these groups, individuals should, to the extent possible, minimize in-person contact with others not in the individual’s household. Minimizing in-person contact includes maintaining 6 feet of separation from individuals.
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19. For more information, contact 1-866-487-9243.
Religious services may remain open and are advised to maintain minimum standard health protocols. This also applies to funeral services, burials, and memorials.
You can find a link to the Open Texas Report at the Open Texas webpage.
The Governor has issued an executive order stating outdoor gatherings of 100 or more people must be approved by local governments, with certain exceptions. In San Marcos, the special event permit process still applies, such as for large gatherings, concerts, festivals, etc. Contact the San Marcos Fire Marshal’s office for more information.