WHAT IS SCHERTZ DOING IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19?
At the May 26 City Council meeting, Council extended the declaration of disaster and public health emergency through 11:59 p.m. on June 23.
Some 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 website’s homepage. The City will continue to share regular updates with residents on Schertz.com, and the City’s Facebook page.
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.
State and County Orders
TEXAS GOVERNORS OFFICE
Update May 18
Governor Greg Abbott announced Phase ll of the State of Texas’ ongoing plan to safely and strategically open Texas while minimizing the spread of COVID-19. Under Phase II, restaurants may increase their occupancy to 50% and additional services and activities that remained closed under Phase l can now open with restricted occupancy levels and minimum standard health protocols laid out by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).
Additionally, the Governor announced that on June 1 public schools in Texas have the option to provide in-person summer school so long as they follow social distancing practices and health protocols laid out by DSHS.
By way of Executive Order GA-23, the following services and activities may open under Phase II:
- Child Care Centers (May 18)
- Massage and Personal-Care Centers (May 18)
- Youth Clubs (May 18)
- Rodeo and Equestrian Events (May 22)
- Bowling Alleys, Bingo Halls, Simulcast Racing, and Skating Rinks (May 22)
- Bars (May 22)
- Aquariums and Natural Caverns (May 22)
- Zoos (May 29)
- Day Youth Camps (May 31)
- Overnight Youth Camps (May 31)
- Youth Sports (May 31)
- Certain professional sports without in-person spectators (May 31)
- Businesses located in office buildings may also open but must limit their occupancy to the greater of 10 employees or 25% of their workforce.
Opened services and activities under Phase II are subject to certain occupancy limits and health and safety protocols. For details and a full list of guidelines, openings, and relevant dates, visit www.gov.texas.gov/opentexas.
This executive order supersedes Executive Orders GA-21 and GA-22, but does not supersede Executive Orders GA-b, GA-13, GA-17, GA-19, or GA-20. This executive order shall remain in effect and in full force until 11:59 p.m. on June 3, 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.
Department of State Health Services
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.