As a result of the spike in COVID-19 cases in San Antonio and Bexar County, Judge Nelson Wolff issued Executive Order NW-10 today. This order instructs all commercial entities in Bexar County that provide goods or services directly to the public to require all employees or visitors to the commercial entity’s business premises or other facilities to wear face coverings when in an area or performing an activity which will necessarily involve close contact or proximity to co-workers or the public where six feet of separation is not feasible. Local businesses have until Monday to develop a policy that outlines the use of face masks. This order will remain in effect until Tuesday, June 30, 2020.
The Order covers all residents of Bexar County above the age of 10, who must now wear a cloth face covering over their nose and mouth when in a public place where it is difficult to practice social distancing. Face coverings may include homemade masks, scarfs, bandannas, or a handkerchief.
Additionally, Mayor Nirenberg issued an addendum to San Antonio's standing Emergency Order this afternoon which adopts elements of Judge Wolff's Executive Order for consistency.
We cannot risk another economic shutdown. It is, therefore, paramount for us to get San Antonians back to work and our economy back on track; however, we must ensure we do it in ways that keep our colleagues, employees, and customers safe. Our actions must drive consumer confidence. The recent spike in COVID-19 cases is staggering and worrisome, but we can all play our part to stop the spread of coronavirus.
We will share additional details regarding the County and City's orders in our Chamber Today newsletter on Friday.
Please continue to stay safe and healthy!
President and CEO
San Antonio Chamber of Commerce