NEW: Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolfe Executive Order NW-12
Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolfe Executive Order NW-12
Good Afternoon Everyone,
Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolfe just signed Executive Order NW-12 extending the local disaster declaration and public health emergency for Bexar County residents. This executive order can be found at https://www.bexar.org/3234/COVID-19 and it replaces all other orders previously issued by Judge Wolff, and incorporates Governor Greg Abbott’s executive orders as well. In this order all businesses are required to:
- Develop a Health and Safety Policy for their establishment. This policy must require, at a minimum:
- That all employees, customers and other visitors to the commercial entity’s business premise or other facilities 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; and
- The commercial entity shall prominently display a list of COVID-19 symptoms at or near the public and employee entrance of the premises;
- The Health and Safety Policy required to be developed and implemented by this executive order MAY also include the implementation of other mitigating measures designed to control and reduce the transmission of COVID-19 such as temperature checks or health screenings.
- Temperature checks are HIGHLY ENCOURAGED for employees, customers and for visitors to retail stores with volume and capacity levels that allow for practical implementation.
- Commercial entities must post the Health and Safety Policy required by the executive order in a conspicuous location sufficient to provide notice to employees, customers, and visitors of all health and safety requirements; and
- Failure to implement the Health and Safety policy may result in a fine not to exceed $1,000 for each violation.
For businesses that are not listed below (estimated to have people in excess of 100) you are not required to do anything differently. That said, it is HIGHLY ENCOURAGED that all businesses do temperature screenings and a health questionnaire, but it is NOT REQUIRED for your business to do so. For large gatherings, the order states, “All large gatherings or events estimated to be in excess of 100 people, whether indoor or outdoor, are prohibited. Exceptions to the prohibition are:
- 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.
LARGE GATHERINGS: Here is where the order deviates from the last one. It states, “Any entity or organizer of any large gatherings or event under excepted activities (6) through (13) must:
- Implement a health and safety policy which requires that all employees, visitors, or customers to the entity or organizer’s premises or other facilities 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;
- Conduct temperature/symptom screening; and
- Set-up protocols for maintaining social distancing during the gathering.
These requirements for large gatherings or events are effective Friday, July 3, 2020, beginning at 12:00 p.m. The order goes on to state face coverings do not need to be worn in the following circumstances:
- When exercising outside or engaging in physical activity outside;
- While driving alone or with passengers who are part of the same household as the driver;
- When doing so poses a greater mental or physical health, safety, or security risk;
- While pumping gas or operating outdoor equipment;
- While in a building or activity that requires security surveillance or screening, for example, banks; and
- When consuming food or drink.
Please note that face coverings are a secondary strategy to other mitigation efforts. Face coverings are not a replacement for social distancing, frequent handwashing, and self-isolation when sick. All people should follow CDC recommendations for how to wear and take off a mask.” Please remember, in accordance with the CDC Guidelines (found online at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/index.html), residents should keep up the following habits while in public:
- Washing hands before you leave home and when you return;
- Staying at least six feet away from others;
- Avoiding touching nose or face;
- Not using disposable masks more than three times; and
- Washing reusable cloth masks regularly to prevent the spread of the virus.
With the exponential spike in cases we have seen in Bexar County, and the impending implosion of our medical system if COVID is not contained, we implore everyone to take these precautions seriously. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. As always, the City of Leon Valley is here for you and yours. Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of assistance. In Your Service, Chief Salvaggio