San Antonio mayor visits North Star Mall for ‘great lunch’ after coronavirus incident

Mayor Ron Nirenberg strolled North Star Mall with a broad smile on Thursday.

His visit came five days after a customer who tested positive for coronavirus visited the shopping center Saturday evening.

The San Antonio civic leader ate “a great lunch” at the mall and posed for a picture in front of its famous cowboy boots.

“I can tell it’s going to be a busy Spring Break,” Nirenberg wrote of the mall.

North Star Mall temporarily closed for a deep cleaning Monday after the property’s management learned of the potential exposure.

An evacuee from Wuhan, China, who had been under quarantine was released Saturday from the Texas Center for Infectious Disease after twice testing negative for the virus.

READ MORE: North Star Mall re-opens after coronavirus exposure led to deep cleaning

She spent 12 hours in the community, before returning to isolation when the results of a third test showed she was “weakly” positive for the virus.

The woman told health officials she went to a Holiday Inn near San Antonio International Airport and spent about two hours at North Star Mall. She stopped by Dillard’s, Talbot’s and Swarovski, before eating alone in the food court.

Metro Health officials said she was “not in close contact with anyone at the mall.” The mall re-opened Tuesday.

The mayor is not the only Alamo City institution putting on a brave face as coronavirus concerns sweep the city.

Amy Shaw, the executive director of the Fiesta San Antonio Commission, sent a memo to festival participants emphasizing that the event is going forward as planned.

“We have assurances from the City of San Antonio that it is fully committed to Fiesta 2020 proceeding as scheduled, and they expect out community’s favorite festival to go off without a hitch,” Shaw wrote.

The organizers are scheduling additional surface wipe-downs and providing hand sanitizer dispensers.

Ten days of Fiesta festivities are scheduled to kick off on April 16.

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