EDINBURG, Texas – Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez has signed new orders requiring residents to wear facial coverings while outdoors.
One of the new mandates noted the only exceptions to the face covering requirement will be for exercising, driving in your personal vehicle, and if you are either at home or alone at an office.
According to the press release, the new orders will be going into effect midnight and will last until midnight on April 30.
In addition to the required face masks, the orders also now institutes a 24-hour curfew for anyone under the age of 17 unless they are performing an essential service, engaged in an emergency, or being accompanied by a parent.
The orders states that those over 18 will also have a curfew between 11 P.M. and 5 A.M unless engaged in essential services or emergencies.
Childcare services are also being impacted by the new orders which said that only children of essential workers may receive community childcare services. In those cases, childcare can only be provided to groups of ten or less in separate rooms.
According to the order, if someone in a household has tested positive for COVID-19, then the entire household must isolate at home.
“The basis for the orders is simple,” Judge Cortez said. “We must all assume we are carrying the virus. Every action we take must be done with the consideration that we will not spread it to those around us. By taking these actions now, we are improving our chances of returning to some sense of normalcy sooner than later.”
If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact Hidalgo County Public Affairs Director Carlos Sanchez at 956-292-7026.