Are you an exempted business?

Updated: Mar 26, 2020

Dear Chamber Members and Partners:

A Stay Home, Work Safe order for Bexar County and San Antonio went into effect at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, and will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. on April 9.

Many of you have reached out via email, phone calls, or text messages to ask if your business is included or exempt from the Order. Given the newness of the Order, we simply do not have all the answers. We are, however, working with our partners at the City and County to provide answers to these important questions.

The businesses we know for a fact are exempt from the order include:

Accounting Firms

Air Conditioning Companies

Animal Shelters

Architecture and Engineering Firms


Bicycle Shops

Big-Box Retailers

Building Cleaning and Maintenance Services

Call Centers

Childcare Facilities


CISA Sector Professionals

Construction Companies

Dry Cleaners

Educators - School Districts have their own rules on what will remain open



Funeral Homes

Golf Courses

Grocery Stores

Hardware Stores

Health Care Services

Home Builders

Home Cleaning Services


Insurance Companies

IT Services



Law Enforcement

Liquor Stores


Moving Services

News Media

Oil Refiners


Pet Stores

Postal Workers

Real Estate Services

Restaurants (Drive Through or Take Out)

Ride Shares

Storage units


Tire Stores

Tow Trucks

Transportation - Public, Private, and Rental

Trash Collectors

Worship Centers - Must provide services remotely

Businesses that are not exempt:

Barbershops and Hair Salons

Botanical Gardens

Dine-In Restaurants

Door-to-Door Soliciting

Flea Markets



Movie Theaters - Drive-In Theaters still allowed

Nail Salons

Nursing Homes - Closed to Visitors

Swimming Pools - Public

Theme Parks and Amusement Parks

Zoos and Aquariums

If you still have questions on whether your business is exempt from the Stay Home, Work Safe Order, please email and we will work to find an answer for you.

My team and I will continue providing you with the most accurate information available.

Stay tuned, and stay vigilant and healthy!

Richard Perez

President and CEO

San Antonio Chamber of Commerce