Environmental Health

Food Establishments Reopening Guidelines for COVID-19

Per Governor order dated 7-2-20 starting 7-3-20 at 12:10 pm all citizens are required to wear masks in commercial buildings and in public or when in an outdoor public space where it is not feasible to maintain 6ft social distance.

7-2-2020 Executive Order

All food establishments are limited to 50% capacity pursuant to the 6-26-20 Governor Order.

6-26-2020 Executive Order

Establishments are asked to follow the Texas Department of State Health Services COVID-19 Guidelines

For questions or complaints regarding establishment occupancy contact the San Marcos Fire Marshal’s office at (512) 805-2600 or email fireplan@sanmarcostx.gov

For after hours complaints citizens may contact the San Marcos non-emergency line (512) 753-2108. 

Community Resources for COVID-19

Please see the North Carolina State University document for frequently asked questions with COVID-19 and food safety.

COVID-19 and Food Safety FAQ

Due to the shortage of toilet paper, you may be using alternative supplies i.e. wipes, napkins, etc. Please understand that this will cause blockages and sewer line back ups. This is also a concern with septic systems.

Wipes may be disposed of in a waste container rather than flushed down the toilet.

Please visit the linked TCEQ website for information on reducing Fats, Oils, and Grease in your sewage lines.


Please visit the CDC linked web-page below for information regarding cleaning and disinfection recommendations for food establishments and residences.

Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection


Environmental Health provides education, enforcement, and resources in response to a wide range of issues which affect the environment, health, safety, and general well-being of our community.


We promote public health and safety by permitting and inspecting a variety of food establishments and on-site sewage facilities (OSSF) to ensure compliance with State and Local Health Codes. In addition, we investigate different types of public health nuisances/issues within the City of San Marcos jurisdiction.


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