New restrictions have taken place following seven consecutive days of rising COVID-19 hospitalizations. As outlined in Governor Abbott's Executive Orders GA-31 and GA-32, bars must close, elective surgeries may need to be rescheduled, and many businesses must reduce their occupancy to 50 percent.
Order GA-32 went into effect on October 14, 2020. The order states that when a Texas Trauma Service Area (TSA) has a high hospitalization rate, any business establishment that was operating at 75 percent occupancy limit must rollback to a 50 percent occupancy limit.
How does this impact local business?
Bars - Bars that are not operating as a restaurant under Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) rules must close. However, those businesses may continue to offer drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options for food and drinks to the extent authorized by TABC.
Other Businesses - Any business establishment that otherwise would have a 75% occupancy limit must operate at up to only 50%. This applies to retail establishments, restaurants, bars that are operating as restaurants, office buildings, manufacturers, museums, libraries, gyms, and fitness facilities and classes.
Surgeries - Elective surgeries, as defined in State Executive Order GA-31, must reschedule unless they "would not deplete any hospital capacity needed to cope with the COVID-19 disaster."
In addition, Governor Abbott's GA-32 states that bars or similar establishments that are not restaurants cannot operate indoors on premises, but may offer drive-thru, pickup, or delivery options authorized by the Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission (TABC). The occupancy limit applies only to indoor and not outdoor areas, events, establishments, although social distancing and other safety protocols must be followed.
The following activities/services are not impacted by these occupancy changes:
The testing is provided at no cost to the individual and is availableto anyone, whether or not they reside in Hays County. Curative is now billing private insurance companies for test services, but there will be no out-of-pocket cost to the individual being tested. Those without insurance will not be turned away and will receive the test for free.
A total of 10,287 tests have been administered at the San Marcos Curative test site since testing began in October with a 17% positivity rate or 1,762 positive cases. These numbers do not include testing done at Texas State University and do include individuals who do not reside in Hays County.
COVID-19 HOTLINE: 512.393.5525
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Residents may call the hotline at 512.393.5525 with non-emergency COVID-19 questions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Spanish speakers will be available.
Callers will be placed into an automated system when calling in to the hotline. If you are a Hays County resident, select one (1). You will then be placed in the queue for the next available operator to assist in answering any questions. Call Center personnel will answer frequently asked questions about symptoms, possible testing, and self-isolation.
If you are experiencing symptoms or concerned that you have been exposed to the virus, please call your health care professional to determine next steps. If you are experiencing an emergency, call 9-1-1.
To report concerns in regards to State and County COVID-19 orders please call the San Marcos Police Department non-emergency line at 512.753.2108.
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