By Brittany Anderson
Assistant Web Content Manager
SAN MARCOS, Texas — As of March 16, San Marcos Mayor Jane Hughson signed an Order to Prohibit any public or private community gathering of more than 50 people within the city of San Marcos. The order goes into effect at 2 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17 and will lift on Monday, May 11, 2020.
A community gathering does not include spaces where 50 or more people may be in transit or awaiting transit such as bus stops, train stations or airport terminals. It also does not pertain to office spaces, residential buildings, grocery stores, restaurants, shopping malls or other retail establishments, hospitals, medical offices and facilities, or schools. This criteria is in accordance with recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on March 15.
As of 5 p.m. on March 16, the city will also close the San Marcos Public Library, Activity Center, Senior Center, Discovery Center, and will adjust operations at the San Marcos Regional Animal Shelter until May 11. San Marcos CISD also announced that schools will remain closed until April 5.
All city sponsored public gatherings, 50+/senior programs, and programs of more than 50 people will also be canceled. The remaining city facilities and parks will remain open for normal business hours.
A complete list of online resources for residents can be found here. Alternate options for access to services are being evaluated and will be shared later this week. The public is encouraged to practice social distancing and utilize phone and computer access to services whenever possible.
In coordination with Hays County, the city of San Marcos declared a state of disaster on March 15. This allowed the city to activate its emergency plan and utilize all disaster funding and resources available through state and federal agencies.
“This is a fluid, evolving situation and we’ve taken these actions to follow the most recent guidelines from our national and regional health authorities,” Hughson said. “At this time, we would rather operate with extreme caution for our facilities and public facing operations that accommodate the largest number of daily residents, in order to do our part in halting the spread of COVID-19 within our community.”
City Council Meeting
- The meeting on Tuesday, March 17 will continue as scheduled
- A special meeting will begin at 3 p.m. to extend the March 15 Disaster Declaration and update the public on COVID-19 efforts
- The public is encouraged to send written public comment by 5:45 p.m. on March 17 via email to email@example.com, as well as watch the live stream of the meeting here
Boards & Commissions
- All board and commission meetings will be canceled through May 11 with the exception of the City Council, Planning & Zoning Commission and Historic Preservation Commission
- Agendas for these board exceptions will be evaluate, and meetings may be canceled according to the urgency of scheduled items
- A reminder that these meetings are live-streamed and available for remote viewing through computer, phone or government cable channels
- All dockets scheduled through April 1 will be reset until a later date
- Defendants who have an appearance date noted on their citation from now through April 1 and have not scheduled a court date yet can call the court at (512) 393-8190 to do so
- The Muncipal Court customer service counter at the Hays County Government Center will be open to the public during regular scheduled business hours and will adjust their Wednesday closing time to 5 p.m.
- The court accepts payments over the phone and via the website
Utility Customers & Payment Options
- The city has suspended disconnections due to effects from COVID-19 that may have an impact on utility customers due to displacement, employment disruption or other unexpected events
- Utility customers may pay their bill by phone at (512) 393-8333 or online here
Contact your healthcare provider or the Hays County Local Health Department at (512) 393-5520 if you have questions about COVID-19 or are concerned you may have been exposed. The Hays County Health Department has a monitoring protocol in place which will be explained to you if it becomes necessary. If you’re experiencing symptoms, health professionals recommend calling ahead and consulting with your physician’s office before arriving.
San Marcos will continue to follow the guidelines put in place by the State Department of Health Services, the Hays County Health Department and the CDC. Current updates and more resources can be found here.