Following the federal government ending its COVID-19 emergency declaration, San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg announced the end of the city’s emergency declaration effective May 11.

According to a news release, the city will keep using its resources, programming and website to share information about how this transition in federal COVID-19 public health policies will affect community members.

Nirenberg said the city has thrived despite hardships encountered by various segments of the community since spring 2020 when the city first declared a disaster and public health emergency.

“The end of the COVID-19 emergency declaration is a key milestone for our community, public health workers and the overall nation. I am proud of the Alamo City’s resilient and compassionate spirit, and we will continue to ensure San Antonio is a healthier, stronger and more equitable community for all,” Nirenberg said in a statement.

Local officials said the city has hit several milestones in San Antonio’s COVID-19 response and recovery, including San Antonio Metropolitan Health District launching its SA Forward Plan, activating online resource pages and dashboards, achieving a 74% local vaccination rate, and operating 30 testing sites, where 626,000-plus tests were administered at no cost to residents.

City officials urged residents to take safety measures to prevent the spread and contraction of COVID-19.