After receiving feedback and heavy pressure from your Chamber about concerns from local businesses, city officials issued a fifth addendum to the Eighth Emergency Health Declaration reversing yesterday's mandate that would have required businesses take temperatures and require a health screening for all customers entering a business.
The order issued yesterday was in response to our County Judge and Mayor’s concern over an unprecedented surge in new COVID-19 cases, a record 1,268 in one day. Additionally, there is a real concern from our medical professionals over the number of hospital beds available, which is feared to reach capacity within the next week or two. While done out of fear for the safety of our citizens, we believe city officials crafted the policy in haste without thinking through the practical aspects of such a mandate. We are pleased to have been a member of the business voices that made the difference in modifying the original mandate.
Today's addendum does NOT require businesses to conduct a temperature check of all visitors and employees. Instead, business owners are required to post signage which outlines COVID-19 symptoms at the entrance for customers and employees to see and educate themselves. In addition, large gatherings of more than 100 people are still prohibited.
The following are exempted from this order, and therefore must implement a health and safety policy that includes masks where social distancing is not feasible, temperature and symptom checks, and protocols for maintaining social distancing by Friday, July 3 at noon.
Any services listed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency in its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce
Local government operations
Recreational sports programs youths/adults
Professional, collegiate, or similar sporting events,
Museums & libraries,
Zoos, aquariums, natural caverns and similar facilities
Rodeos and equestrian events
Amusement parks and carnivals
Bexar County issued a similar order today to align with the City's most recent addendum.
As San Antonio continues to see a spike in COVID-19 cases, we must comply with the latest orders so that we may keep our employees, our customers, and our families safe and healthy. Please do your part, wear your mask, and help us get our beloved City through this crisis!
Please continue to stay safe and healthy!
President and CEO
San Antonio Chamber of Commerce