Top Question on Everyone’s Mind – Is the River Walk Safe for Them to Come Visit, Eat and Enjoy Once Again?
“Public safety is top-of-mind as the River Walk and Downtown San Antonio re-open,”stated Maggie Thompson, Executive Director of the San Antonio River Walk Association. “We are working together with Centro San Antonio, and the City of San Antonio’s Center City Development and Operations Department to provide a clean environment for the public to feel comfortable returning to visit,” Thompson added.
In the past, Centro Ambassadors, the friendly folks wearing bright yellow shirts, would clean street furniture and sidewalk infrastructure such as benches, wayfinding signs, trash recepticals and lids, and lamp posts with soap and water about 250 times per week. Since March 2020, the Ambassadors now clean high touchpoints including handrails, elevator buttons and cabs, crosswalk buttons, parking Lot pay stations, scooters, and entrances and doorknobs to businesses on street level and river level with a disinfectant 11,000 times per week.
The Centro Ambassadors have always powerwashed sidewalks with a bleach disinfectant– using great care to capture the run-off water. Fun fact, since March, they have removed 45,000 pieces of gum and gum spots from sidewalks on the street level – the sidewalks have never been this beautiful.
Traditionally, the Ambassadors walk throughout downtown and on the river level giving directions and a friendly smile. They have added to their repertoire the distribution of 8-ounce bottles of handsanitizers. Thus far, they have handed-out over 1,000 bottles. Centro has also placed hand sanitizing stations at high pedestrian traffic areas throughout downtown including Losoya and Commerce, Houston and St Mary’s, Alamo Plaza near Houston Street, and Commerce and Navarro.
Matt Brown, CEO of Centro San Antonio, stated, “our efforts support the Greater. Safer. Together. city-wide campaign as well as the River Walk SAFE campaign. We are proud of the 105 Ambassadors who are making a real difference in providing a cleaner and more beautiful downtown.”
“We intend to add another layer of cleanliness starting in early June. We will be the first market in the country to use new innovative technology called the Motoscrubber Storm. These lightweight backpacks carry a Green Earth quality disinfecting spray that is applied to hard surfaces with a fine mist wand. The surface dries in seconds and is safe for animals and people.“ Brown added.
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River Walk business operators are also following River Walk SAFE guidelines to create safe environments inside their restaurants and businesses as well. Table distancing and enhanced sanitizing are in effect, along with small but important techniques like providing silverware and glasses when guests are seated and touchless payment in most establishments.
As the next phase of re-openings took effect in Texas on May 22, 2020, restaurant capacity increased from 25% to 50%, and bars may re-open with modifications at 25% capacity. Non-interactive type businesses, such as the San Antonio Zoo and select museums such as the Briscoe Western Museum
and the San Antonio Museum of Art, may re-open with modifications at 25%.
River Walk visitors are strongly encouraged to wear face masks while outdoors. Businesses reserve the right to insist on facemasks and temperature checks before entering. Go Rio Boat Cruises are
currently slated to re-open sometime in June. Special events that create gatherings or crowds are not authorized with their return evaluated as COVID-19 distancing progresses.
FREE DOWNTOWN PARKING
Weeknights from 4 p.m. – 2 a.m. & all day on Saturdays & Sundays
June through August!
Location: Select city owned lots
Free parking in City-owned lots, garages & meters on weeknights from 4 p.m. – 2 a.m. & all day on Saturdays & Sundays June through August!
Note: City Tower Parking Garage, Alamo Lot and Martinez Lots are not included in this program & some restrictions may apply.
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San Antonio River Walk Association is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote, protect, and preserve the San Antonio River Walk and serve as a collective voice for member businesses on the River Walk and tourism-related businesses throughout the city. They accomplish this through special events, social media, RIO Magazine, and the website, TheSanAntonioRiverWalk.com.
Centro San Antonio is the placemaking organization of downtown San Antonio. We champion downtown for all San Antonians. Our mission is to make downtown an irresistibly playful, welcoming, and beautiful gathering place that is the cultural and economic center of San Antonio. We accomplish this through placemaking via services, physical improvements, and events & programming. For more information, please visit centrosanantonio.org.