WHAT IS SCHERTZ DOING IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19?
On March 20, 2020, Mayor Ralph Gutierrez declared a local state of disaster and public health emergency. City Council extended the declaration through 11:59 p.m. on April 14 at their meeting on March 24.
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
Governor Abbott Issued Executive Order relating to statewide continuity of essential services and activities during the COVID-19 Disaster. This order states that, through April 30, every person in Texas shall, except where necessary to provide or obtain essential services as defined by the Texas Department of Emergency Management, minimize social gatherings and minimize in-person contact with people who are not in the same household. The order also continues school closures through May 4.
Latest Approved Executive Order: Executive Order GA14
Effective 12:01 a.m. on April 2, 2020 through April 30, 2020
For the time period this order is in effect, people shall avoid eating or drinking at bars, restaurants, and food courts, or visiting gyms, massage establishments, tattoo studios, piercing studios, or cosmetology salons; provided, however, that the use of drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options for food and drinks is allowed and highly encouraged throughout the limited duration of this executive order. This order does not prohibit people from engaging in essential daily activities, such as going to the grocery store or gas station, providing or obtaining other essential services, visiting parks, hunting or fishing, or engaging in physical activity like jogging or bicycling, so long as social distancing protocols are being followed. Visitors are also prohibited at nursing homes, state-supported living centers, assisted living facilities, or long-term care facilities. This executive order supersedes any conflicting order issued by local officials in response to the COVD-19 disaster, but only to the extent that such a local order restricts essential services allowed by this executive order or allows gatherings prohibited by this executive order.
- Review the Department of Homeland Security Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers for more information on essential services.
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.