updated 6/26/2020

San Marcos, Texas COVID-19 Updates

Tour San Marcos is in close contact with city and state officials as the situation changes. To ensure you have the most current information, please visit the websites and resources linked below.

State of Texas Orders
Governor Greg Abbott has issued an order closing all bars and similar establishments, as well as rafting and tubing businesses. Beginning Monday, June 29, restaurants will limit dine-in service to 50% occupancy.
 For more information click HERE.

San Marcos River Parks Are Closed Until Further Notice

  • San Marcos River Parks:  Rio Vista Park, City Park, San Marcos Plaza Park, Juan Veramendi Park, Bicentennial Park, Children’s Park, Crook Park, Dog Beach, Cape’s Dam, Thompson’s Island, Stokes Park, Ramon Lucio Park and Wildlife Annex/Wilderness Park.
  • Other Park Facilities Remaining Closed: Children’s Park Playscape, City Park Playground, tennis courts, all neighborhood park playgrounds and neighborhood park basketball courts. Rio Vista pool will remain closed. 
  • Public restroom facilities and water fountains in all city parks and natural areas will remain closed until further notice.
  • The Hays County Veterans Memorial will remain accessible, but river access from behind the memorial will be restricted. 
  • In collaboration with the City’s efforts, the Lion’s Club Tube Rental will also close on Thursday, June 25 at 8 p.m.
  • View a map of all San Marcos river parks and more information HERE 

Natural Areas Are Open with Social Distancing

Natural areas in the City remain open at this time, but visitors to these areas should practice social distancing of at least six feet between individuals not in your household and wear masks if you are unable to do so. Visitors are prohibited from gathering in groups of more than five people.  

  • Natural Areas remaining open: Blanco Shoals Natural Area; Prospect Park Natural Area; Purgatory Creek Natural Area; Ring Tail Ridge Natural Area; Schulle Canyon Natural Area; Sessom Creek Natural Area; and Spring Lake Natural Area.


Masks Are Mandatory

Hays County executive order requires all visitors over the age of 10 to wear masks while in public when it’s difficult to keep six feet away from others. You will need to wear a mask in stores, restaurants, businesses and buildings open to the public. You do not need to wear a mask when being physically active outside, driving, pumping gas or operating outdoor equipment, eating or drinking, visiting somewhere with security surveillance like banks or when wearing a mask poses a greater mental or physical health, safety or security risk. Click here for more information.


It is recommended for public groups to maintain at least six feet between individuals and limit close gatherings to those in the same household.

Bars and Restaurants

All bars may open with partial occupancy. Restaurants may offer curbside pickup, drive-through and delivery options as well as open their dining rooms with partial occupancy. For restrictions please click HERE.


TOUR SAN MARCOS is continually monitoring the situation and has been in close communication with City and State officials during this time. 

For the latest information on the coronavirus, see the CDC's website as well as helpful information for travelers. 

This page will be updated as changes occur. 

Best Practices

Link to Restaurants [download PDF]

Link to Hospitality [download PDF]

Link to Food & Beverage Industry [download PDF]


Additional Resources

City of San Marcos CIVID-19 Information and Prevention

Texas Department of State Health Services

Federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention

World Health Organization


Travel & Tourism Partner Resources

Small Business Disaster Assistance

Hotel Owners Disaster Preparedness from AAHOA

Texas Hotel & Lodging Economic Recovery

Bartender Emergency Assistance

Restaurant Workers

Musician Grants

Tour Operators

Disaster Unemployment Assistance

Food and Beverage Workers Assistance
Facebook Grants

Options for Online Sales

For local businesses, here are a few options we have found that might work for online sales and pickup orders:
Online Retail
Curbside Pickup