Update on resuming business in Alamo Heights – social distancing still crucial



State Order–Yesterday, Governor Greg Abbott set out his initial plan to “Re-open Texas”. The Executive Order  calls for two phases of changes and, in summary, provides for the following:

1. Effective as of 11:59 p.m. Thursday, April 30th, the State’s “Stay Home” order will terminate and is not being renewed.
2. Effective Friday, May 1st, most businesses that currently are closed have the option to re-open with a maximum 25% occupancy. This includes restaurants that generate less than 51% of their revenue from alcoholic beverages.
3. Businesses such as bars, gyms, salons and barbershops are to remain closed until a plan is implemented for safe opening.
4. Churches, other places of worship, museums and doctors/dentists offices can open. Click here for guidelines to opening house of worships.
5. The decision as to whether to open is discretionary with the business.
6. The second phase will be implemented mid-May.

Face Coverings—The Governor strongly suggested face coverings, but the order supersedes the mandatory Bexar County requirement recently imposed, which will not be effective starting Friday.

Alamo Heights Businesses and Restaurants—Most that have provided curb-side pick-up and/or delivery plan to continue this option as well, even if they are open within the premises.

City Offices—We are working on a plan to slowly re-open certain parts of City Hall but, for now, everything will remain the same.

Please—I’ve sent many “thanks” during this period, but now comes a “please.” Our population tends to be a bit older than most areas in San Antonio and thus we have a higher than normal vulnerable population. I’ve heard varying opinions from citizens across the board as to COVID-19 in the last 7 weeks. Regardless of your opinion, I ask that those who begin spending more time in public, whether walking the dog, gathering with a small group or shopping/dining, to be respectful of others who might be more vulnerable. Let’s not forget that social distancing still is critical. As some of us venture out more, let’s set an example and show why Alamo Heights is a great place to live.

Bexar County will be issuing a revised Executive Order, likely today, and we will update you all to the extent necessary.


Mayor Bobby Rosenthal