SAN MARCOS, Texas – Virtually 20 companies in San Marcos have closed their doorways quickly to permit for correct cleansing and sanitation of services between recognized lab-confirmed optimistic instances of COVID-19.
In response to county officers, when somebody checks optimistic for the virus, they’re first contacted by the county well being division, which collects data from them, corresponding to their sort of employment.
In response to the Metropolis of San Marcos’ Emergency Administration Coordinator Rachel Ingle, the affected person who checks optimistic chooses to tell their employer and the proprietor could then resolve to shut the enterprise.
“The place of work chooses to shut down on the proprietor’s discretion for cleansing and issues like that,” Ingle stated. “So, they make these choices. We as the town don’t make any of these mandates. That must come from the county well being division, and so they have stated that they don’t seem to be going to do something like that.”
Ingle stated the county tracks data from people with a confirmed optimistic check and never essentially the companies which will have been affected.
In response to Ingle, the town can’t do something if a enterprise chooses to open, even shortly following a confirmed optimistic case of their institution, metropolis authorities is not going to situation citations to companies that stay open.
“We’re not giving citations,” Ingle stated. “Lots of occasions you’ll get compliance from people simply from speaking to them greater than you’ll by issuing citations and issues like that, and in San Marcos we have now all the time been superb about that…we ask for compliance 9 occasions out of 10 as a substitute of demanding it, as a result of the group may be very receptive of that.”
If a bar or restaurant, or every other enterprise, is reported to be working previous the allotted capability, metropolis officers would then intervene.
“We’re not capable of implement something that’s extra strict or stringent than what the governor has put out in his order or plans to reopen Texas,” Ingle stated. “We as a authorities must go by the foundations that he units for us. We can’t power people to put on face coverings out in public or use hand sanitizer and issues like that, these will not be issues that we’re permitted to implement.”
Ingle stated that the town will present steerage for the way companies ought to reply to an worker testing optimistic for COVID-19 and that these pointers additionally embody correct cleansing and sanitization requirements. Nevertheless, steerage on an contaminated worker, monitoring an worker’s signs, documenting entrance to the institution or requiring staff who examined optimistic to not return to work is not going to be supplied by the town or county.
“That steerage comes from the county well being division, Division of State Well being Providers and the Facilities for Illness Management,” Ingle stated.
Hays County Chief of Workers Alex Villalobos stated that county authorities haven’t pressured any companies to close down because of a confirmed optimistic case, as a substitute, companies have as a rule voluntarily shut down.
“We haven’t pressured any companies to close down in Hays County. Usually it has been that they’ve voluntarily shutdown based mostly on ensuring that they’re taking good care of their staff, following greatest requirements of sanitization and ensuring that they’re mitigating an infection to different folks.”
Villalobos stated that the county has ready for case spikes and continues to function based mostly on directives from the state.
“We’re responding to what the instructions have been coming down from the state degree, we anticipated, as we continued to open up on the route of the state, that we had been going to have a rise in infections.”
The next is an inventory of companies which have closed in San Marcos as response to both a confirmed optimistic case or a precautionary measure for employees and patrons as of June 13:
- Stonewall Warehouse, 141 E Hopkins St, June 13
- Whataburger #178, 1004 State Hwy 123, June 12
- Grin’s Restaurant, 802 N LBJ Dr, June 10
- The Marc, 120 E San Antonio St, June 9
- CRAFThouse Kitchen and Faucet, 242 N LBJ Dr, June 9
- Stellar Coffee, 232 N LBJ Dr, June 9
- Pure Barre, 200 Springtown Means, June 9
- Mochas and Javas, 102 Marvel World Dr, June 9
- Kobe Steak House, 210 Springtown Means, June 9
- Texas State Tubes, 2024 N Previous Bastrop Hwy, June 9
- Plucker’s Wing Bar, 105 N Interstate 35, June 9
- The Taproom and Porch, 129 E Hopkins St, June 9
- Louie’s Oyster House & Beer Garden,119 E Hutchison St, June 8
- Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt, 999 E Basse Rd, June 6
- Fuego Tortilla Grill, 913 N Interstate 35, Might 24
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