Balcones Heights to follow Order issued by County Judge Nelson Wolff

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 9:30pm

City Declares “Stay Home, Work Safe”

Balcones Heights —Mayor Suzanne de Leon and City Council met via video teleconference Monday evening and approved Emergency Declaration #3 that enforces “Stay Home, Work Safe” Emergency Order issued earlier that evening by Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff.  The Order takes effect at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020 and continues for 30 days from yesterday (Wednesday, April 22, 2020).  It may be extended or cancelled when the appropriate time comes.  Declaration here

The Declaration orders all individuals living in the City to stay home and only leave their homes to perform allowed activities.  The four categories are as follows:

1.       Activities related to maintaining the health and safety of their family and their pets. Examples are seeking emergency services, obtaining medical supplies or medication and visiting a health care   professional. This includes caring for a family member or pet in another household.

2.       Activities to obtain necessary supplies for themselves, their family and household, including groceries or food (such as from curbside or drive thru pickup from restaurants), pet supplies and pet food, supplies needed to work from home and consumer products, such as toilet paper and cleaning supplies.

3.       Working for an exempted business or government that is providing services needed by the public during this crisis, which is explained in detail below.

4.       Outdoor activity, such as walking, running or cycling, but only if they maintain social distancing, such as staying six feet away from other people.

Work Safe Order

The Declaration also ordered all businesses to close and stop operations rather than allowing employees to work from home, maintaining security and maintenance of the business’ property and facilitating information technology services that allow employees to work from home.

Businesses and organizations that are providing products and services that are needed by the community during this crisis are exempted. The followed exempted businesses may continue operating, provided they exercise proper social distancing: 

•         Healthcare operations including hospitals, clinics, dentists, pharmaceutical companies and veterinary offices;

•         Government functions to provide for the health, safety and welfare of the public, including first responders, military personnel, trash collection, and water and electric utilities;

•         Schools and education personnel supporting public and private K-12 schools, colleges and universities who are facilitating distance learning; 

•         Companies providing or maintaining infrastructure, such as the construction of public works, housing and other infrastructure that supports critical needs, such as water, sewer, gas and electricity,  internet and telecommunications;

•         Businesses related to transportation, including gas stations, repair shops, car dealerships, manufacturers, public transportation, such as buses, taxis, rideshare companies and the airport;

•         Information technology companies that provide and maintain internet and telecommunications systems;

•         Retail businesses that sell food, gas and household products, such as grocery stores, big box stores, farmers’ markets, laundromats and drycleaners;

•         Charitable organizations providing food, shelter and services to economically disadvantaged or vulnerable populations, including animals;

•         Hotels and other temporary residence facilities;

•         Businesses that provide home maintenance and other services that individuals need to work from home, such as mail and shipping companies, building maintenance, plumbers, electricians, exterminators and professional services, such as legal or accounting services necessary to comply with legally required activities, such as filing taxes;

•         News media, including newspapers, television, radio and other media outlets providing information to the public;

•         Financial institutions, such as banks, credit unions and title companies;

•         Childcare services;

•         Worship services, provided services are distributed by video, teleconference or other remote measures;

•         Funeral services;

•         Business and operations necessary to the 16 critical infrastructure sectors identified by the National Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA.)

Only businesses and organizations that are providing these necessary products or services to the public during this public health crisis will be allowed to continue to operate. All other businesses shall close, but may allow employees to work from home.

Nursing Homes Order

The order prohibits nursing homes, retirement and long-term care facilities from allowing access to non-essential visitors unless they are providing medical assistance or visiting a friend or family member expected to pass away soon.

“We would like to assure all residents that we are working diligently in conjunction with City of San Antonio and Bexar County partners to respond to the public health threat posed by this virus and are taking proactive measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19,” said Mayor de Leon.

“This is not a time to panic, but to remain calm and be prepared, the safety of all of our residents, business partners and visitors is our highest priority. Rest assured our first responders are prepared to assist should the event arise,” she added.

If you have questions or require additional information, please contact Lorenzo Nastasi Economic Development & Public Affairs Director, 210-262-3972 or Chrissie Kolb, Community Relations Manager 210-789-2338




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