Because of the exponential increase in the number of new coronavirus cases, San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg has signed an emergency order prohibiting outdoor gatherings of 100 or more people to contain the spread of COVID-19.
“The virus has gained a foothold in our community as the state continues to open," Nirenberg said. “We need to act aggressively to regain control and slow its spread with every tool available."
The latest addendum is in line with Gov. Greg Abbott’s June 23 proclamation amending Executive Order GA-26. With the rise of COVID-19 cases in Texas, Abbott has granted mayors and county judges the power to impose restrictions on outdoor gatherings of more than 100 people.
San Antonio has been experienced an alarming rise in the number of daily COVID-19 cases, a significant increase in the number of patients hospitalized, in the ICU, or on ventilators because of COVID-19, forcing the need to limit large gatherings of people to stop the spread of the virus.
Exceptions from the City’s order include:
- Any services listed by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) in its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce;
- Religious services;
- Local government operations;
- Child-care services;
- Youth camps;
- Recreational sports programs for youths and adults;
- Professional, collegiate, or similar sporting events;
- Swimming pools;
- Water parks;
- Museums and libraries;
- Zoos, aquariums, natural caverns, and similar facilities;
- Rodeos and equestrian events; and
- Amusement parks and carnivals.