HIDALGO COUNTY, Texas – Hidalgo County’s shelter-at-home order goes into effect Wednesday, July 22 at 12:01 a.m.
Parts of the order are not being enforced but highly encouraged, which is causing confusion among residents.
“They are saying that they are going to fine them, but how will they know if they are staying at home,” said Debanie Salinas, an Hidalgo County resident.
The shelter at home order includes curfew, mandatory face covering when outdoors, and a ban on gatherings of over 10 people, but some residents uncertain about how they will be enforced.
“They could patrol more outside but even then they can disguise and say ‘oh I’m going to go get water or groceries and have it in their car but they can still be going places,” said Juan Gallegos an Hidalgo County resident.
KVEO/CBS4 reached out to Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Department about how they will be enforcing the new order. Sergeant Francisco Medrano said in a statement to KVEO, “We have on average 14 additional deputies delivering orders throughout Hidalgo County and will provide additional presence and patrolling.”
Also in the order, it states a fine of up to $250 will be issued to those not wearing face coverings after the first violation.
A list of the new order can be found here.