Dear Chamber Members and Partners:
Last night, I shared information about Mayor Ron Nirenberg's 4th Declaration of Public Health Emergency. Today, City Council voted to extend the Declaration to 30 days in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. In addition, this afternoon, Governor Greg Abbott announced an Executive Order limiting social gatherings to no more than 10 people. The Governor's Executive Order is effective midnight Friday through midnight April 3.
Yesterday's message asked that you continue to support local restaurants by utilizing take out, delivery, drive-in, or drive-through services, given that the Mayor's Declaration prohibited in-house dining at restaurants and bars.
I wanted to focus today’s message on an “unsung” segment of our community whose services are essential to the continued operation of the San Antonio Business Community: our non-profit sector. This diverse sector of highly trained experts provide:
Shelter and services to the homeless,
Meals to seniors and the homebound,
Essential counseling services for individuals in crisis, and
Rehabilitative services to the injured, to name a few.
This incredible group of dedicated professionals are also feeling the stress and anxiety of the "new normal" under coronavirus restrictions.
At a time when many of us are feeling helpless, there are things we can do to help our neighbors. Today’s Rivard Report has an excellent article that you can use as a handy resource for what you can do to help these devoted human services providers.
Please consider helping your favorite non-profit organizations and support San Antonio's most vulnerable populations by volunteering, donating sanitizing and other supplies, providing monetary assistance, or offering any type of support and encouragement at your disposal. Their critical services are needed now more than ever.
President and CEO
San Antonio Chamber of Commerce