After a brutal summer that saw San Antonio and South Texas in the crosshairs of the novel coronavirus, the city is finally beginning to reopen public amenities. As COVID-19 levels and hospitalizations fall, City Manager Erik Walsh has announced a partial reopening timeline as the city moves to Phase 3 of San Antonio's reopening plan.
On September 21, the city announced that, effective immediately, the following amenities are open at limited capacity:
- Basketball courts
- Skate parks
- Sports fields
- Fitness stations
Additionally, the 10-person limit while at city-owned plazas and parks has been waived, and special events inside the parks are allowed with maximum attendance of 250 through December. Safety measures, such as capacity caps, temperature checks, and face masks, are required at the newly opened facilities.
Effective today, the Alamodome is open with a reduced capacity of 17 percent, and the Convention Center is open with a reduced average capacity of 25 percent or less. The Lila Cockrell Theatre at the Convention Center and Jo Long Theatre at the Carver are also reopen with reduced occupancies of approximately 15 percent.
Fitness in the Park will begin October 31, and the city says the Ron Darner Reservations Office and Enrique Barrera Fitness Center will reopen by October 31, but does not give a specific date.
Many indoor facilities will remain closed for now, including senior centers and gyms. Walsh did, however, roll out a timeline for many of these to begin welcoming visitors again, assuming San Antonio's coronavirus number continue trending downward.
That timeline is as follows:
- City Clerk's passport and vital services only — October 1
- Municipal court — October 19
- Development Services and Office of Historic Preservation — by October 19
- Adult Senior Centers — November 9
- San Antonio Natatorium (indoor pool) — November 16
- Urban Ecology Center at Hardberger Park — November 16
- Indoor facilities, including community centers and clubhouses — online reservation system opens November 16
San Antonio's public swimming pools and splash pads will remain closed until next spring.
Residents with questions about the newly opened or soon-to-open facilities can call 3-1-1- or visit the city's website for more information.
“I want to thank the residents of San Antonio, who by following the recommended protocols have helped put us in the position of being able to reopen many of the services they use on a regular basis,” said Walsh. “We will continue to prioritize the health and safety of City employees, residents, visitors and those who do business with the City of San Antonio by implementing protocols that aim to reduce and minimize the spread of COVID-19.”
Now, this isn't the first time the Alamo City has reopened during the pandemic. In late May, the city began rolling back restrictions before a spike in COVID-19 cases in June and July. As with everything, these plans are subject to change.