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COVID-19: San Antonio plans reopening of public facilities with precautions in place

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City of San Antonio is hiring lifeguards to staff public pools this summer. The city is entering a new phase of reopening facilities and programs with COVID-19 safety measures. Courtesy photo/city of San Antonio

San Antonio is entering a new phase of reopening public facilities and programs with continuing COVID-19 safety precautions.

According to city officials, COVID-19 indicators are moving in the right direction and currently showing the lowest risk level for transmission of the coronavirus. The local positivity rate currently is 2.1%.

City Manager Erik Walsh announced on Thursday, April 8, the reopening of several city buildings, with many operating at reduced capacity and with COVID-19 measures in place.

“I want to thank our community for continuing to diligently follow social distancing recommendations and wear face coverings, which has helped slow the spread of COVID-19. As we continue to see more people vaccinated, we can begin to provide services to our residents in person in a way that protects both City staff and our patrons,” Walsh said in a statement.

“The health and safety of our City employees, residents, visitors and those who do business with the City of San Antonio is our highest priority. You’ll continue to see stringent COVID-19 prevention protocols at City facilities to reduce and minimize the spread of COVID-19.”

The next phase of the city’s reopening plan starts April 12 and is guided by the methodology and progress indicators established by the COVID-19 Health Transition Team plan, according to a press release.

Each of the reopened facilities will have safety protocols and physical distancing measures, such as requiring face coverings and temperature checks upon entry:

A comprehensive list of reopening buildings and services will be on the COVID-19 website. Here are some of those facilities and programs:

*The main Animal Care Services shelter at 4710 Texas 151 will be open 1-7 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.– 5 p.m. weekends by appointments only. Residents can also sign up to become ACS fosters or take a shelter dog on a day trip through ACS’ Shelter Paws program.

*Willie Velasquez Family Assistance Center, 1302 N. Zarzamora St., will reopen for residents seeking aid under the Emergency Utility Assistance program with  limited walk-in availability weekdays 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Clients may schedule an in-person appointment in advance. Phone and virtual consultation services remain available and preferred.

*Six senior centers, including South Side Lions at 3303 Pecan Valley Drive, District 5 at 2701 S. Presa St., and Northeast at 4135 Thousand Oaks Drive will re-open for limited indoor and outdoor activities at 25% capacity. Transportation will not be provided. Online programming will also continue.

Morning (7-11 a.m.) and afternoon (1-3:45 p.m.) recreation time will be available via a reservation process. Meals and food commodities will continue to be provided via curbside pickup and home delivery for participants with transportation and mobility challenges.

*The main Neighborhood and Housing Services Department lobby will reopen to provide help and answer general neighborhood and housing related questions on from 7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

In-depth assistance for the Emergency Housing Assistance, Green and Healthy Homes, Under 1 Roof, Minor Home Repair and Owner-Occupied Rehab Programs will remain by appointment only. Set appointments for rental and utility assistance by calling (210) 207-5910.

*San Antonio Public Library locations will reopen on April 13 for “brisk browsing” at all locations except Central Library, Forest Hills, McCreless, Memorial, and San Pedro branches as they are undergoing renovation.

Brisk browsing and contact-free pickup will be available 12-8 p.m. Tuesdays 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday–Saturday. Computer appointments will continue to be available 3-7 p.m. Tuesday, 1-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Outdoor Wi-Fi will be available 7:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m. daily.  All libraries are closed Sundays and Mondays until further notice.

*Metro Health’s Healthy Start, oral health, Project Worth, WIC and Lactation Support Center all remain open.

*Municipal Court – Limited in-person appearances between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays at the courthouse using contact-free virtual hearings with judges and staff. Capacity of no more than 15 court users at a time will be allowed.

*Parks and Recreation – Reservations for park pavilions will resume and can be done online through the department’s reservation system. Reservation of select indoor gymnasiums will begin later in the spring depending on staffing levels.

*Joe Ward, San Juan Brady and Normoyle community centers will reopen for after-school and recreational programming. Additional community center locations will reopen in the summer.

*Parks and Recreation will begin permitting special events with capacity limits ensuring physical distancing and face mask requirements as appropriate. 

*Jo Long Theatre and Little Carver Civic Center are hosting events at limited capacities.

*Mission Marquee Plaza reopens to the public April 17. Call 210-207-8612 or email blanche.mendoza@sanantonio.gov.

Other area cities have been lifting their COVID restrictions and reopening public facilities. Schertz now no longer requires city staff and visitors at most city buildings except for the library, senior center & during vaccination clinics at Schertz Civic Center.
Additionally, no temperature checks are required when entering a Schertz city building except for those previously mentioned.

eortiz@localcommunitynews.com

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