On March 20, 2020, Mayor Ralph Gutierrez declared a local state of disaster and public health emergency. Schertz City Council extended the declaration on March 24. At the June 23 City Council meeting, Council extended the declaration of disaster and public health emergency until the Disaster Declaration put in place by Governor Abbott expires.
Some city events, programs, and services have been impacted by COVID-19 and more information is provided on our News and Information section of the website’s homepage. The City continues to share updates with residents on Schertz.com, and the City’s Facebook page.
Update regarding reporting of covid-19 case data:
the City will no longer include a case dashboard for Schertz or the counties on our website
Texas Rent Relief Program
Governor Abbott announced on Februar 9, 2021 that the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) has launched the Texas Rent Relief Program — the first statewide rent and utility assistance program for qualifying households throughout Texas. This program has been created to administer the more than $1 billion allocated to Texas through the latest federal COVID-19 stimulus bill. TDHCA will begin accepting applications for the program on Monday, February 15th, but Texans can visit TexasRentRelief.com starting today to learn more about qualifications, required documents, and the application process.
"The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a significant financial strain on many Texans, and the Texas Rent Relief Program will provide an incredible lifeline to households in need of assistance on their rent and utility payments," said Governor Abbott. "I urge qualifying households to apply for this program once applications open on February 15th. The State of Texas will continue to provide the resources and support for those in need throughout the pandemic."
Effective December 28, bars must close, elective surgeries may need to be rescheduled, and many businesses must reduce their occupancy to 50% as outlined in State Executive Order GA-32. Learn More.
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’s Strike Force to Open Texas Checklists - Updated October 7
- July 2 Governor Abbott issued Executive Order GA-29 requiring all Texans to wear a face covering.
- Past Executive Orders issued by Governor Abbott
All businesses should continue to follow the minimum standard health protocols from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).
Department of State Health Services
STATE AND COUNTY HEALTH SERVICES
The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local public health agencies in monitoring and reporting confirmed cases.
DSHS Public Health Region 8 is the lead agency for information on COVID-19 in Guadalupe County. Residents can contact them for more information at (210) 949-2000 (Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
City of San Antonio Metropolitan Health District is the lead agency for information on COVID-19 for Bexar County and residents can call their hotline to ask questions about the virus. The hotline is available in English and Spanish. Residents can call (210) 207-5779. (Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Comal County Public Health is the lead agency for information on COVID-19 for Comal County. Residents can contact them for more information at (830) 221-1150 (Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.). Comal County Public Health has COVID-19 Information page setup.
what applies to me?
Orders and declarations due to the Coronavirus are being issued quickly by cities and counties around the state. There exists a lot of variation among these, which is complicated by the overlapping nature of the state, counties, and cities, and can be confusing for residents and businesses as to which regulations apply to them. You may have noticed by now that what applies to one city may not apply to another, as some cities are abiding by the Governors or County’s orders, while others have gone a step further and placed more restrictive regulations on their cities with City Council approval.
For Schertz residents and businesses this issue is a bit more complex as the city limits of Schertz fall in not one, not two, but three counties. Check what county you live in here.
The City knows this can seem confusing and overwhelming in addition to all of the COVID-19 information you are digesting, but we are here to help. We have created a quick and easy way for you to navigate what applies to you in this short video.