Environmental Health

Food Establishments to Reopen

Beginning Friday May 22nd food establishments may reopen dining areas subject to the below stipulations:

  1. Food establishments that do NOT generate 51% or more revenue from alcohol sales may operate up to 50% of total listed occupancy. This number does not include employees - see below occupancy clarification.
  2. Food establishments that are primarily bars and DO generate more than 51% revenue from alcohol sales may reopen to 25% capacity indoors. Occupancy capacity does not include outdoor seating areas. 
  3. Components of establishments with interactive functions, exhibits, including child play areas, interactive games, and video arcades must remain closed.

Dine in occupancy clarification

Food establishments have been provided a checklist of recommendations for opening by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

DSHS Checklist

For questions or complaints regarding establishment occupancy contact the San Marcos Fire Marshal’s office at (512) 805-2600 or email fireplan@sanmarcostx.gov

For after hours complaints citizens may contact the San Marcos non-emergency line (512) 753-2108. 

A link to the most recent Governor’s order is posted below:

5-18-20 Governor’s Order

Community Resources for COVID-19

Please see the North Carolina State University document for frequently asked questions with COVID-19 and food safety.

COVID-19 and Food Safety FAQ

Due to the shortage of toilet paper, you may be using alternative supplies i.e. wipes, napkins, etc. Please understand that this will cause blockages and sewer line back ups. This is also a concern with septic systems.

Wipes may be disposed of in a waste container rather than flushed down the toilet.

Please visit the linked TCEQ website for information on reducing Fats, Oils, and Grease in your sewage lines.


Please visit the CDC linked web-page below for information regarding cleaning and disinfection recommendations for food establishments and residences.

Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection


Environmental Health provides education, enforcement, and resources in response to a wide range of issues which affect the environment, health, safety, and general well-being of our community.


We promote public health and safety by permitting and inspecting a variety of food establishments and on-site sewage facilities (OSSF) to ensure compliance with State and Local Health Codes. In addition, we investigate different types of public health nuisances/issues within the City of San Marcos jurisdiction.


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