05/07/20 Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

By Madyson Sanchez

KTSW Senior News Reporter

SAN MARCOS, Texas –  The Hays County Local Health Department reported four new lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases overnight and today, bringing the total number of cases in Hays County to 199. 122 of the positive cases are recovered and out of quarantine.

17 tests are pending and awaiting results.

The City of San Marcos announced the adoption of a temporary parklet program for the downtown San Marcos business area through August 14, 2020. The program allows businesses to temporarily covert parking spaces into outdoor seating areas.  

In a May 7 press release, the City said that the temporary parklet program “aims to reactivate downtown business engagement by providing businesses with an additional visible service area while simultaneously enhancing the aesthetic appeal of the downtown streetscape.”

Businesses that wish to participate can apply for a parklet installation through the Planning and Development Services Department but must meet specific location and design criteria that allow a creative and safe parklet.  

Tomorrow salons, barbershops, tanning studios and nail salons can reopen under Gov. Greg Abbott’s recommended guidelines outlined by his task force.

Abbott’s task force advises that these various businesses should offer less complex services and keep at least six feet of distance between work stations and clients. Work stations and nondisposable supplies should be sanitized before and after each client.

Clients are required to wash their hands upon entering a business and may be required to wear a face mask or face covering inside at the management’s discretion.  

Businesses are recommended to screen all employees and customers upon entrance, require scheduled appointments to limit the number of clients inside at a time and refuse service to anyone suspected to be sick or contagious.  

Employees should be notified of these new COVID-19 guidelines and sign a statement agreeing to comply with them.

Gyms, exercise facilities, non-essential manufacturing facilities and offices are set to reopen on May 18 at 25% occupancy and under specific guidelines.

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