3/23/20 COVID-19 UPDATE

Updated: Mar 24, 2020

Dear Chamber Members and Partners:

This evening, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff and San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg issued a stay home order for Bexar County and San Antonio. The order, which goes into effect at 11:59 p.m. tomorrow and remains in effect until 11:59 p.m. on April 9, orders all individuals living within the City of San Antonio to stay home and only leave their homes to perform the following allowed activities:

  1. Working for an exempted business or government that is providing services needed by the public during this crisis. (See list of exempted businesses below.)

  2. Activities related to maintaining the health and safety of your family and your pets.

  3. Activities to obtain necessary supplies for you, your family and household, including groceries or food, pet supplies and pet food, supplies needed to work from home and consumer products, such as toilet paper and cleaning supplies.

  4. Outdoor activity, such as walking, running or cycling.

The Mayor 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. Exemptions include:

  • 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 and emergency 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;

  • Restaurants, providing delivery and take out orders;

  • 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).

Click here to read Mayor Nirenberg’s Emergency Declaration Number 5.

We know that this is a difficult time for our businesses and our community. The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce is committed to being your advocate and resource through the coronavirus crisis and beyond.

Thank you!

Richard Perez

President and CEO

San Antonio Chamber of Commerce