County Judge Announces Restrictions on Canyon Lake Boat Ramps, Businesses
Starting this weekend, Canyon Lake boat ramps can only be used to launch and recover boats, not as gathering places or entry points to the lake shore, Comal County Judge Sherman Krause said in a statement today.
Comal County sheriff’s deputies will strictly enforce these pre-existing rules for county-owned boat ramps.
The decision comes as Comal County confirmed its twelfth case of COVID-19 on Wednesday, April 1.
In a press release, the county said the decision to begin enforcement followed “collaboration” between Krause, the Criminal District Attorney’s Office, Comal County Sheriff’s Office, and the county’s Office of Emergency Management.
On Tuesday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a ‘Stay at Home’ order requiring the closure of nonessential businesses and limiting social gatherings. The order also restricts businesses who provide nonessential services and gives local officials the power to enforce it.
To learn more about how the Texas Department of Emergency Management defines nonesential services, click here. Abbott’s executive order specifically restricts gyms, massage establishments, tattoo studios, piercing studios and cosmetology salons while maintaining restrictions on bars and limiting restaurants to carry-out or delivery service only.
“The governor’s order goes into effect on Thursday, and our Sheriff’s Office COVID-19 task force will begin educating businesses in the unincorporated areas of the county who are out of alignment with that order before moving to enforcement if necessary,” Krause said. “The only way we as a county can stop the spread of the coronavirus is to work together and take responsibility for staying home and maintaining the social-distancing measured ordered by the governor.”
On March 27, Krause issued Stay Home/Work Safely guidance for reducing the public health threat posed by COVID-19, and asked water-recreation businesses to voluntarily close.
“Water recreation businesses that have long been major economic generators in our community should voluntarily shut down,” the guidance read, citing protocol issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and executive orders issued by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.