By Hector Montemayor-Perez
SAN MARCOS, Texas – The city of San Marcos is closing all parks, play-scapes, natural areas, open spaces, and trails this holiday weekend.
“We understand our community would love to be able to celebrate Easter in our beautiful parks, Wells said, “but we cannot take the unnecessary risk and jeopardize the gains we are making in the fight against COVID-19.”
Natural areas will reopen beginning at 6 a.m., but the city asks citizens to continue following social distancing guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Playgrounds, playscapes, the skate park, dog park, restrooms, water fountains and all river fronts will remain closed through at least May 11 per City directive issued by Mayor Hughson.
The city of San Marcos is also adjusting hours for the city’s transit system “The Bus.” Starting Monday, the service will run from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.
According to a press release by the city of San Marcos, “Hours of operation have been adjusted to reflect the optimal riding periods as ridership after 4 p.m. daily has decreased significantly.”
Transit manager Pete Binion said that “The Bus” is still there for those who need it.
“We want to maintain some level of service for those who need it to perform essential functions, including going to/from work, to the pharmacy and grocery store,” Binion said.
Fares will not be collected for the remainder of April, and transit officials said the vehicles are sanitized often and deep cleaned regularly to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Alternate intercity services and schedules may be found at http://www.ridecarts.com, and anyone with questions or concerns can contact the call center at 512-478-7433 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
As of 3:30 p.m. today there are 82 lab confirmed cases in Hays County, with 58 active cases. Seventeen of those active cases are in San Marcos. Currently there are three hospitalized in Hays county due to Coronavirus.