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Some Bexar County businesses permitted to increase occupancy to 75% under Governor Abbott’s GA-32 Order

Published on Friday, February 19, 2021

Some Bexar County businesses permitted to increase occupancy to 75% under Governor Abbott’s GA-32 Order

Area hospitals drop under 15 percent of total COVID-19 hospitalization rates for seven consecutive days

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Laura Mayes, City of San Antonio (210) 207-1337
Michelle Vigil, City of San Antonio (210) 207-8172

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COVID-19 Hotline (210) 207-5779


SAN ANTONIO (February 19, 2021) – Bexar County has seen a steady decrease in COVID-19 hospitalizations in the past weeks. Currently, the total number of COVID-19 hospitalized patients has been below the 15% total hospital capacity for the past seven days (February 12 - February 18). With the improvements in Bexar County, certain business operations may now increase occupancy to 75%.
“We are grateful to see our hospitalization numbers decreasing but also want to remind the public that we still have to keep taking preventive measures to decrease the spread of COVID-19.  The virus is still in our community and we must continue to stay vigilant and keep our most vulnerable safe,” said Dr. Colleen Bridger, Assistant City Manager.
Under Governor Abbott’s most current state COVID-19 order (GA-32) an area of “low hospitalization” would mean any Trauma Service Area (TSA) that has had seven consecutive days in which the number of COVID hospitalized patients as a percentage of total hospital capacity is under 15%.  
Businesses Operating with 75% Limit:

  • Restaurants
  • Gyms
  • Retail establishments, including vape stores and hobby stores
  • Amusement parks
  • Water parks
  • Swimming pools
  • Museums
  • Libraries
  • Zoos, aquariums, natural caverns, and similar facilities
  • Indoor and outdoor professional, collegiate, and similar sporting events 

Businesses Not Affected by New Occupancy Limits and continuing to operate at 100%:

  • Religious services
  • CISA services (including grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores, pet stores, Walmart/Target Superstores, gun stores, shooting ranges)
  • Local government operations
  • Child-care services
  • Youth camps
  • Recreational sports (youth and adult)
  • Any public or private schools
  • Drive-in concerts, movies or the like
  • With 6ft between work stations:
    - Cosmetology salons, hair salons, barber shops
    - Nail salons
    - Massage establishments or other facility where licensed massage therapists practice
    - Other personal care or beauty services such as tanning salons, tattoo studios, piercing studios, hair removal studios, and hair loss treatment or growth services

Additionally, elective surgeries no longer need to be postposed, this is in accordance with Governor Abbott’s GA-31 because TSA P, which includes San Antonio and Bexar County, is no longer considered an “area with high hospitalizations.”
The Texas Department of State Health Services monitors and reports which counties are part of TSA and currently reporting 15% or more of total hospital capacity of COVID‑19 patients.
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Author: Melanie Morales (GPA)

Categories: City News, Health, COVID