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NEW: Executive Order NW-12 issued by Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff

On Wednesday, July 1, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff issued Executive Order NW-12, with these additional measures taking effect as of as of 5:01 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 and continues through 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 unless extended, modified or terminated early by the County Judge. This Executive Order shall continue the local disaster declaration and public health emergency for Bexar County for the period specified in this Executive Order and shall incorporate and adopt the most recent executive order GA-27 issued by Governor Greg Abbott on June 25, 2020, and any subsequent orders by the Governor relating to the expanded opening of Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster.

Key measures include:

  • All commercial entities in Bexar County providing goods or services directly to the public must develop and implement a health and safety policy (“Health and Safety Policy”). The Health and Safety Policy must require, at a minimum, that all employees or visitors to the commercial entity’s business premises or other facilities wear face coverings when in an area or performing an activity which will necessarily involve close contact or proximity to co-workers or the public where six feet of separation is not feasible.
  • Commercial entities must prominently display a list of COVID-19 symptoms at or near the public and employee entrances of the premises.
  • All large gatherings or events estimated to be in excess of 100 people, whether indoor or outdoor, are prohibited.
  • Social gatherings, including family gatherings, shall not include more than 10 persons.

Click here to view Order NW-12 in its entirety, issued July 1, 2020.

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Governor Abbott Takes Executive Action To Contain Spread Of COVID-19
June 26, 2020 | Austin, Texas | Press Release

Limits Certain Businesses And Services With Direct Link To Infections

Governor Greg Abbott today issued an executive order limiting certain businesses and services as part of the state’s efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. This decision comes as the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 and the number of hospitalizations have increased and the positivity rate in Texas increased above 10%, which the Governor previously stated would lead to further preventative action. The targeted, measured directives in the executive order are based on links between certain types of businesses and services and the recent rise in positive cases throughout the state.

The order includes the following:

  • All bars and similar establishments that receive more than 51% of their gross receipts from the sale of alcoholic beverages are required to close at 12:00 PM today. These businesses may remain open for delivery and take-out, including for alcoholic beverages, as authorized by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
  • Restaurants may remain open for dine-in service, but at a capacity not to exceed 50% of total listed indoor occupancy, beginning Monday, June 29, 2020.
  • Rafting and tubing businesses must close.
  • Outdoor gatherings of 100 or more people must be approved by local governments, with certain exceptions.
“As I said from the start, if the positivity rate rose above 10%, the State of Texas would take further action to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Abbott. “At this time, it is clear that the rise in cases is largely driven by certain types of activities, including Texans congregating in bars. The actions in this executive order are essential to our mission to swiftly contain this virus and enhance public health. We want this to be as limited in duration as possible. However, we can only slow the spread if everyone in Texas does their part. Every Texan has a responsibility to themselves and their loved ones to wear a mask, wash their hands, stay six feet apart from others in public, and stay home if they can. I know that our collective action can lead to a reduction in the spread of COVID-19 because we have done it before, and we will do it again.”

Read the Governor's Executive Order

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NEW: Executive Order NW-11 issued by Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff

On Thursday, June 25, Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff issued Executive Order NW-11, with these additional measures taking effect as of as of 12:01 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, 2020 and continues through 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 unless extended, modified or terminated early by the County Judge. This Executive Order shall continue the local disaster declaration and public health emergency for Bexar County for the period specified in this Executive Order and shall incorporate and adopt the most recent executive order GA-27 issued by Governor Greg Abbott on June 25, 2020, and any subsequent orders by the Governor relating to the expanded opening of Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster.

Key measures include:

All commercial entities in Bexar County providing goods or services directly to the public must develop and implement a health and safety policy (“Health and Safety Policy”). The Health and Safety Policy must require, at a minimum, that all employees or visitors to the commercial entity’s business premises or other facilities wear face coverings when in an area or performing an activity which will necessarily involve close contact or proximity to co-workers or the public where six feet of separation is not feasible.

  • Outdoor gatherings estimated to be in excess of 100 people are prohibited.


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Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff issues Executive Order for Bexar County Businesses effective 6/17/20

In direct response to the "exponential" surge in Covid-19 cases,  Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff issued an executive order today, June 17th, 2020,  directing businesses within Bexar County, which includes Universal City, to create Covid-19 safety policies.

Businesses are required to create such health and safety policies within five days of the order which must include the following items:

  • require employees and visitors to wear face masks when they are less than 6 feet apart,
  • establish other mitigation standards and
  • post such requirements in a visible location.



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Governor's Strike Force to Open Texas

“As we open Texas, we are each called upon to be Texans: to act responsibly as we re-engage in the economy, to continue following all health precautions and sanitizing guidelines, and to care for our vulnerable neighbors. Lives depend on our actions. I know you will respond as Texans.” – Governor Greg Abbott

Open Texas Checklists Now in Effect

Updated 05/18/2020

Business:

Universal City Economic Development Corporation (UCEDC) Small Business Stimulus Program

In response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the Universal City Economic Development Corporation (UCEDC) authorized the UCEDC Small Business Stimulus Program to assist businesses negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic by providing up to $250,000 in rent and utility payment assistance to local small businesses. For more information, visit www.uctx.gov/sbsp.


Water Flush in Shutdown Buildings


Before reopening your businesses and using water for drinking, food preparation or cleaning purposes, please run all the faucets in the building for approximately 10 minutes! This will allow any stagnant water or built-up debris in the lines to clear. 


Bexar County "COVID-19 Essential Items Bag" Program

Bexar County has launched of the “COVID-19 Essential Items Bag” program to support small businesses in the transition to “moderate risk” COVID-19 protocols. The program provides a free, one-week supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) to sole proprietors and businesses with less than 25 employees located in the suburban cities and unincorporated areas of the county.

The ability for businesses to obtain and utilize personal protective equipment (touchless thermometers, facemasks, hand sanitizer, gloves and Plexiglas covering) to help protect their employees is critical in helping our community get back to work and stay at work. We hope that this program will jump-start the transition while businesses line up long-term supplies. Register Here


Bexar County Disaster Relief Loan Program

The Bexar County Small Business Loan Program provides 0% interest loans of up to $25,000 to help small businesses in Bexar County that have suffered financial losses as a result of COVID-19. More Info

Universal City:

Parks

Universal City Parks will be reopening May 18th in coordination with Phase 2 of the Governor's order but with a few exceptions. The Northview Splashpad, Cimarron Clubhouse and fields for Team Sports will still be closed. Veterans Park will be remain closed due to the construction on East Aviation.

We encourage you to still take social distancing measures when visiting the parks. The following are guidelines listed in the Governor's Open Texas plan.

-Self-screen before going to a park.

-Maintain at least 6 feet separation from others not within the individual’s group at the park. The individual’s group may not exceed the greater of the individual’s household or up to 5 individuals who go to the park together.

-Consistent with the actions taken by many individuals across the state, it is not mandated but consider wearing cloth face coverings (over the nose and mouth) at a park where other groups are gathering.

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Library

If public health indicators remain positive, the Universal City Public Library will begin re-opening in early June. 

Temporary hours will be Tues-Fri 12:00pm-5:00pm. Sat 10:00pm-2:00pm We anticipate maintaining this schedule through August. 

Curbside pick up is now available for Universal City residents. Curbside pickup is available Tuesday through Friday from 2 pm to 4 pm. Only adult cards/cardholders are eligible for this service.

Preferred Method: Visit the library catalog (https://universalcity.biblionix.com). Login into your library account - your library card number plus your 7-digit phone number - and select materials.

Alternate Method: Call the library at 210-659-7048 between noon and 4 PM and speak to a member of the staff. Phone orders will always be available the next pick up day.

Voicemail orders cannot be accepted. Please do not leave curbside orders on the voicemail.

Materials will be available for pickup between 2 pm and 4 pm Tuesday through Friday.



Information regarding City operations, meetings, and closures are subject to change. Changes will be updated on the website and on Facebook as they occur.