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Mayor Ron Nirenberg announces new social distancing measures

Published on Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Mayor Ron Nirenberg announces new social distancing measures

Grocery stores, restaurant drive throughs and carryout to remain open

CONTACT:
For members of the media, please contact:
covid19media@sanantonio.gov
Laura Mayes, City of San Antonio (210) 207-1337
Michelle Vigil, City of San Antonio (210) 207-8172
 
For questions from the general public, please contact:
COVID-19@sanantonio.gov
COVID-19 Hotline (210) 207-5779

 

INFORMATION CURRENT AS OF 5:30 PM


SAN ANTONIO (March 18, 2020) — Today, Mayor Ron Nirenberg issued new measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Beginning at midnight tonight restaurants and ordered the temporary closure of bars, lounges, nightclubs, taverns, gyms or health studios, bowling alleys, bingo parlors and theaters shall close. Grocery stores and restaurant drive throughs and carry out options will remain open. The City Council will consider extending the seven-day declaration at Thursday’s regularly scheduled meeting (March 19, 2020).
 


“It is important for all of us to remain calm and follow the guidelines provided by public health professionals and health care providers,” said Mayor Ron Nirenberg. “By working together and avoiding behavior that endangers others in the community over the next several weeks, we will get through this as quickly as possible.”
 


The new social distancing measures are as follows:

  • Restaurants (including microbrewery, micro-distillery or wineries) will close dining rooms but may offer take out options, delivery service (hotels may offer room service dining options), drive-in or drive-through services, consistent with state and local laws
  • Bars, lounges, nightclubs, taverns, private clubs, gyms or health studios, indoor commercial amusement businesses, bowling alleys, bingo parlors and theaters shall close


The following types of facilities are exempted from this declaration:
These facilities are strongly encouraged to practice social distancing activities such as providing adequate space between people, providing hand sanitizer and tissues when available and increasing cleaning of commonly touched surfaces.

  • San Antonio International Airport
  • Public or private schools or child care facilities
  • Places of worship
  • Funeral homes
  • Museums (so long as visitors are generally not within arm’s length of one another for extended periods)
  • Spaces where 50 or more persons may be in transit or waiting for transit, such as bus stops
  • Office spaces
  • Hotels
  • Residential buildings
  • Grocery stores, shopping malls, outdoor markets or other retail establishments


Resources for businesses
 

SBA Loans
On March 17, 2020, Texas Governor Greg Abbott requested designation from the Small Business Administration (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Declaration to access the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program for the entire state of Texas. This was a crucial step in making long-term, low-interest SBA loans available to qualifying businesses across the state.
 


To begin the loan application process: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/
 


As you prepare to submit your application, the following financial/accounting data and information will most likely be required. You should have these documents ready to immediately upload into the SBA Disaster website as soon as it opens for the Coronavirus emergency relief for Central South Texas:

  1. Written narrative statement justifying the nature and scope of economic injury and how/why nature of business was adversely impacted by the Coronavirus (one page/no more than two), such loss of revenues, cancelled contracts, interrupted supply chain, etc.
  2. Current Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable Aging as of date of filing for the loan
  3. Three (3) years’ 1040 Federal Income Tax Returns for the business & owners
  4. Three (3) years’ company FYE Income Statement and Balance Sheet and latest YTD Financial Statements (Company prepared)
  5. Company and Owners’ Debt Schedule Tables [e.g., Lender, original loan amt., date, current balance, interest rate (F or V?), collateral, purpose of loan, guarantors, status (e.g., current or past due with explanation) per row in table]
  6. Monthly (reasonably detailed) two (2) years cash flow projections
  7. Three (3) years’ Monthly Sales History up to date of filing for loan
  8. Current copies of owners’ credit reports from the three (3) credit bureaus with explanations for any negative reports
  9. Owners’ Personal Financial Statements (SBA Form 413)
  10. SBA Form of Personal History for each (10% or more) owner


Additional Information about Disaster Loans:
https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Documents/Three_Step_Process_SBA_Disaster_Loans.pdf
 


0% Interest Loan Program
Through a partnership with LiftFund, the City of San Antonio helps make 0% interest loans available to qualifying local small, minority, and women-owned businesses. Loans range from $500 to $100,000 and can be used to help start-up or existing business.   
 


To learn more: https://www.liftfund.com/loans/
 


Contingency Planning
Small businesses are also encouraged to create a contingency plan. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Offers guidance online
 
Small Business Guidance and Resources: www.sba.gov
 


For individuals looking for work

Unemployment Benefits
On 3/17/20, Texas Governor Greg Abbott instructed the Texas Workforce Commission to waive the waiting week, for Unemployment Benefits. In addition to waiving the waiting week, the Texas Workforce Commission is exercising its authority under the Governor’s declaration of a Statewide Disaster to waive Unemployment Insurance work search requirements effective immediately.
 


Those seeking to apply for Unemployment Benefits will need to submit an application
You will need the following:

  • Last employer's business name and address
  • First and last dates (month, day and year) you worked for your last employer
  • Number of hours worked and pay rate if you worked this week (including Sunday)
  • Information related to your normal wage
  • Alien Registration Number (if not a U.S. citizen or national)


Additional Services: https://www.workforcesolutionsalamo.org/
 
 
RESOURCES FOR THE PUBLIC
 
Residents are encouraged to download the Ready South Texas app, available in the iTunes and Google Play stores, to receive updates on the COVID-19 situation in San Antonio.
 


Additionally, residents can text COSAGOV to 55000 to receive SMS text message updates.
  

 

Public service announcements on social distancing, prevention and testing are available in English, Spanish and American Sign Language here
 

Posters, guidance letters and other materials are available at this link.

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