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Hidalgo County issues curfew for minors

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EDINBURG, Texas – In a virtual Hidalgo County Commissioner’s Court meeting, Judge Richard Cortez added seven new rules to the current order that’s in place, a curfew for minors was among them.

“Judge Cortez has issued a 24-hour curfew for all people under the age of 17 unless they’re underneath the supervision of a parent or guardian and or have an essential activity or an emergency,” said Carlos Sanchez, Public Information Officer for Hidalgo County.

The new order will be in effect as of Tuesday at 11:59 p.m.

Officials say minors aren’t the only ones with strict curfews.

“The judge has also issued a curfew for everyone in Hidalgo County from the hours of 11:00 pm- 5:00 am, exceptions include essential workers and emergencies,” explained Sanchez.

Emergencies like medical visits are excused, but there are new rules if you have a family member that has or may have COVID-19.

“If someone tests positive for COVID-19, that person and the person’s family will immediately be ordered to self-isolate at home. If a doctor says the person must self-isolate while they await results, the entire family must do so as well,” said Sanchez.

More rules include mandatory face covers to be worn county-wide anytime you are outside in public.

All businesses and restaurants are expected to follow work safe plans and stay six feet apart from each other at all times.

The rules will be enforced until April 30, but that date can be extended.

If you’re not complying, police across the county will be patrolling for citations.

For all complete list of the new updated order, click here.

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