Edinburg police shutting down businesses for violating safety orders


EDINBURG, Texas — Edinburg police are cracking down on businesses not complying with safety measures for their customers or employees during the pandemic.

Officials say 30 officers have been assigned to randomly inspect 14 businesses a day, making sure they comply with the city’s orders.

“They have to have social distancing. You can’t have customers bunching up together, no more than 10 people inside of businesses if they’re allowed to be there. They must provide hand sanitizer to employees and customers as they’re going in. They must provide a log of every time they disinfect or wipe down their work areas,” said Noe Ponca, Edinburg Police Spokesperson.

Ponce said over 1,200 work certificates have been issued but will be citing those not in compliance with guidelines. Violators will be forced to shut their doors.

“What I’ve noticed is that everyone is pretty much in compliance. We do have a shortage of hand sanitizers but people are improvising using alcohol with water and other chemicals that are pretty much the same things to clean and disinfect.”

Violators could face a fine of $1,200 and/or 180 days in jail, said authorities.

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