Hidalgo County Judge signs shelter at home order


EDINBURG, Texas (KVEO) — Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez has signed a new shelter-at-home order on Monday.

The order includes a curfew, essential travel limitations and a requirement for facial coverings while outdoors.

The order attempts to control the COVID-19 pandemic that has killed hundreds.

The order goes into effect Wednesday, July 22 at 12:01 a.m. and will remain in effect until August 5 at 11:59 p.m.

Some parts of the order may not be enforceable. Cortez is asking Hidalgo County residents to voluntarily comply.

The order includes the following directives:

1. All individuals currently living within Hidalgo County are ordered to shelter-at-home. The county says it is highly encouraged and recommended that all commercial businesses operating within Hidalgo County, except essential businesses, should stop all activities at facilities that may not be provided by curbside, drive-through or take-out services.

2. A curfew for all persons 18 and over has been ordered from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., exceptions are for a medical emergency, to provide covered essential services.

3. To the greatest extent possible, all travel during the SHELTER-AT-HOME and CURFEW within the jurisdiction of Hidalgo to County should be limited to obtaining or performing essential covered services. Travel should be limited to no more than two (2) persons per vehicle for persons obtaining essential services, and four (4) persons per vehicles.

4. Every person in the County of Hidalgo shall wear a face covering over the nose and mouth when inside a commercial entity or other building or space open to the public, or when in an outdoor public space; wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet (6) of physical distancing from another person not in the same household.

5. Any outdoor gathering of ten (10) or more people is prohibited unless the Mayor of the City in which the gathering is held, or the Hidalgo County Judge in the case of a gathering in an unincorporated area, approves of the gathering. Outdoor areas or outdoor venues shall operate at no more than fifty percent (50%) as underlined in the order.

“I am asking for all of us to come together and fight this battle as one,” said Judge Cortez. “You are all part of the solution.”

You can read the full order below.

A fine of up to $250 can be issued for not wearing facial coverings after the first violation.

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