Disposable gloves, masks found littering grocery store parking lots

News

ELSA, Texas — As Valley residents use masks and gloves to do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19, there’s a problem local authorities are seeing; people littering parking lots with those gloves.

“It’s not the time to be going out in public because this virus is very contagious,” said Patrol Sergeant Jose Barroentos.

Officers at the Elsa Police Department are seeing gloves left behind in parking lots.

“They’re treating the gloves as I don’t need them anymore I can leave them in the cart. Whereas kids or another person can come in contact with them, and we don’t know where they’ve been or when they used them,” he said.                                                                                                       

COVID-19 is usually spread from close contact from person to person.

Depending on the surface, it can last for hours. Meaning a greater chance for a new person to get infected.

Police are asking residents to roll off their gloves and place them in plastic bags to throw away.

In Weslaco, residents will be cited under the Texas Health & Safety Code, which is a class C misdemeanor and can carry a fine up to $500.

Residents in Elsa can also be fined for littering.

“We can respond to a tornado. We can respond to a flood. We can respond to a natural disaster, but this is something we’ve never experienced,” said Sergeant Jose Barroentos. “We have to start citing and issuing citations.”

Authorities will continue to find those who are littering until the pandemic ends.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

COVID-19 SAFETY TIPS

COVID Tip: Wash Your Hands

COVID Tip: Cover When Coughing and Sneezing

COVID Tip: Disinfecting

COVID Tip: Cover Your Mouth

COVID Tip: Avoid Close Contact

COVID-19 Tip: Disinfect Areas

COVID-19 Tip: Wash Hands Often

ValleyCentral App Links

App Store Link
Google Play Link
More Throwback Thursday