COVID-19 Resources for Residents, Business Owners, and Visitors
Current Rules and Regulations
As ordered by Gov. Greg Abbott, currently, Boerne and Kendall County retail establishments and restaurants can operate at 75% capacity while maintaining an appropriate social distance. The state also mandates all bars and river tubing businesses remain closed. Abbott has also mandated that everyone must wear a mask or facial covering in public settings. This requirement applies to Kendall County. The governor has also pressed pause on any additional phases of reopening until the current spread of the virus is slowed. See sidebar update for September 17 with highlights from Governor Abbott's 9/17 press conference.
Mayor's remarks from September 22nd City Council Meeting
Last Thursday (9/17/20), Judge Lux, Commissioner Durden, EOC Coordinator Jeff Fincke, Mayor Manitzas (Fair Oaks), Capt. Steve Perez, and I met to discuss the case count in Kendall as well as each of our perspectives regarding GA-29, which is the Governor’s mandate for masks for people in public. As a reminder, we are under several Governor’s orders. One of the bigger ones for all businesses is GA-26, which was the Open Texas initiative. That order has a long list of requirements that are placed on business owners regarding hygiene, physical distancing and masks. When the Governor issued GA-30 and GA-31 last week, he did not rescind anything from GA-26 or GA-29.
In July, after GA-29 was issued, we (Judge Lux and I) were led to believe the possibility of mask exemption was a one time offer. Subsequent to that, in September, TDEM, under pressure from many small counties to provide for subsequent application for mask exemption, re-opened the doors for exemption. The key requirement is for the County Judge to attest to having less than 20 “cases” of COVID-19 cases in their county. Recently, Bandera and Kerr counties have applied for exemption.
With the data we have today from DSHS, we know that our active numbers of COVID-19 cases remain stable, although we continue to have questions about the data that DSHS provides us. The group that met on Thursday unanimously felt that the improvements in Texas that occurred starting July 2 are due almost entirely to the mask mandate and people following those practices. When Judge Lux polled the group for their thoughts on filing for a mask exemption, the entire group expressed that now is not the time to let our guard down. Businesses still have requirements regarding hygiene and masks. Additionally, almost 100 tests were completed this past Friday and we are all waiting for those results.
While the decision to file for exemption ultimately falls to Judge Lux, I’m deeply appreciative of the communication and cooperation we have with the entire leadership in Kendall County. We are very committed to protecting our community and we feel the Governor’s orders that are in place today should remain in place.
Canceled or Postponed Events
As things continue to change during this pandemic, numerous events have been canceled or postponed. We are working hard to update events that have been impacted.
While we continuously strive to share the most updated information about COVID-19, there are several channels to get additional information.
With information about COVID-19, regulations and other important information constantly changing we also encourage people to engage with us on social media. Both the Boerne City Hall Facebook and the Kendall County Emergency Management Facebook page are actively updated with new information. The City is also releasing information videos on our YouTube page.
How does it spread?
The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
- Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks.
- These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby
- May be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.
Information suggests that this virus is spreading more efficiently than influenza, but not as efficiently as measles.
It may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.
This is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
The best way to prevent infection is to take precautions to avoid exposure to this virus:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
- Wear a facial covering when out in public
The more closely a person interacts with others and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk.
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
This list does not include all possible symptoms.
The CDC will continue to update this list as they learn more about COVID-19.
Previously released information
The City of Boerne has developed a six-phase plan to coordinate COVID-19 response activities.
PHASE 1: Monitoring the Situation - No Reported Cases
Phase 2 : Persons under Monitoring
Phase 3: Persons under Investigation (testing in progress)
Phase 4: Confirmed Case (no person-to-person spread)
Phase 5: Limited Person-to-Person Spread (close/household contacts)
Phase 6: Sustained Person-to-Person Spread in the Community
- Open Texas Phase 3 guidelines (LINK)
- Open Texas Phase 2 guidelines
- Governor’s update - May 5, 2020 (LINK)
- Open vs Closed FAQs (PDF)
- April 28, 2020 Amended emergency declaration (PDF)
- Governor’s Executive Order - April 27, 2020 (PDF)
- Governor’s Open Texas Report (PDF)
- Faith and Community based FAQs (PDF)
- April 23, 2020 amended emergency declaration (PDF)
- Governor’s Executive Order - April 17, 2020 (PDF)
- April 14, 2020 amended emergency declaration (PDF)
- Kendall County 3rd Emergency Declaration (PDF)
- April 1, 2020 amended emergency declaration (PDF)
- Governor’s Executive Order - March 31, 2020 (PDF)
- CDC Health Advisory - March 28, 2020 (PDF)
- March 25, 2020 amended emergency declaration (PDF)
- What you should and should not do (PDF)
- REVISED Essential services and personnel guide (PDF)
- March 19 State of Texas emergency declaration (PDF)
- March 20 City emergency declaration (PDF)
- March 16 City emergency declaration (PDF)
- Public Information Act Catastrophe Notice (PDF)