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Economic Transition Team Releases Guidelines for Safely Opening San Antonio Businesses

Published on Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Economic Transition Team Releases Guidelines for Safely Opening San Antonio Businesses

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Laura Mayes, City of San Antonio (210) 207-1337
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SAN ANTONIO (May 5, 2020) — The COVID-19 Economic Transition Team (ETT) appointed by Mayor Ron Nirenberg and County Judge Nelson Wolff today released recommendations for safely reopening businesses in the greater San Antonio area. These guidelines build on the minimum standards outlined in the Open Texas plan issued by Governor Abbott. 
Kevin Voelkel, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas, and Julissa Carielo, president of Tejas Premier Building Contractor, Inc., are co-chairs of the economic transition team. Voelkel and Carielo will present the plan to City Council and County Commissioners today at 1 p.m. during a virtual special joint meeting.
“The Greater San Antonio Region is resilient. Our inclusive culture and diverse economy sustain us and make us stronger through the hardest times,” said Voelkel. “The guidance laid out by the ETT seeks to address our community’s specific needs, activate a socially equitable support framework, and deploy a community-wide campaign to instill consumer and visitor confidence.”
“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted many of the disparities in our region, our business community included. The Health Transition Team (HTT) and ETT are committed to bringing forth challenges faced by our marginalized populations and recommends short- and long-term solutions so that San Antonio and Bexar County residents never have to choose between physical safety and economic health,” said Carielo.
The ETT was assigned to lend a broad-ranging business perspective to the Health Transition Team (HTT)’s Advisory Guidelines to reopen the local economy. All recommendations and resources are tailored through a social equity lens to provide businesses with the necessary tools to safely reopen and operate within the parameters set by the State of Texas and the HTT.  The ETT recommendations identifies business needs, and solutions for providing short- and long-term relief plans. Special attention was given to high-risk entities including small and minority-owned businesses. 
The ETT guidelines go beyond the original scope to provide three key deliverables to support the greater San Antonio region’s safe reopening:

  1. The greater San Antonio playbook includes additional guidance and safe reopening recommendations over and beyond the minimum standards outlined in Governor Abbott’s “Open Texas” plan, including checklists for companies in key industries in San Antonio and Bexar County. 
  2. Recommendations to provide small businesses access to support service groups and in-demand safety resources needed to comply with guidelines. Plan to leverage the City and County’s buying power to source globally scarce resources like face coverings, no-touch thermometers and hand sanitizer.
  3. Marketing & public relations recommendations outline a regional, collaborative effort to define, develop and distribute a cohesive message for reopening the economy in a dynamic environment that will instill consumer confidence. This multi-channel campaign will provide businesses of all sizes with messaging, social media tools, and signage to show they’ve pledged to prioritize their customers’ safety.

The ETT recommends working with the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation to facilitate the short- and long-term recommendations for small business support.
Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran and Commissioner Sergio “Chico” Rodriguez served as liaisons to the economic transition team.



Bede Ramcharan Indatech Supply Chain, Logistics
Bobby Perez Spurs Sports & Entertainment Sports, Events, Mass Gatherings
Buddy Morris Spire Risk Management Insurance, Benefits
David Smith Bexar County Manger Public Sector, County
Erik Walsh San Antonio City Manager Public Sector, City
Jenna Saucedo-Herrera SA Economic Development Foundation Economic Development
Jennifer Delgado Stability Staffing & Consulting Professional Services
Jody Bailey-Newman The Friendly Spot Ice House Bars, Entrepreneurs
Dr. Kenneth Kemp Antioch Missionary Baptist Church Churches, Medical
Leonard Aguilar Southwest Pipe Trades Association Trades Advocacy
Lisa Tatum LM Tatum, PLLC Legal
Magaly Chocano Sweb Development Digital Advertising
Melanie Tawil SwipeTrack Technology, eCommerce
Dr. Pedro Martinez SA Independent School District Education
Pete Cortez La Familia Cortez Restaurants
Suzy Hart Marriott Hotels, Hospitality
Tuesdae Knight SA for Growth on the Eastside Economic Development
Wayne Terry Terranalia Consulting Strategic Planning



Members of the community can access the full guidelines attached. The guidelines are available for digital download on the City of San Antonio’s COVID-19 website: Hard copies of the Economic Transition Team’s guidelines and the Health Team’s guidelines are also available at Bibliotech’s three branch libraries. The presentation will be live streamed on AT&T channel 99, Grande channel 20, Spectrum channel 21, digital antenna 16, and

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