All around the Rio Grande Valley, parks are closed, many of them shutting down this weekend specifically for the Easter Holiday.
“What potentially could occur is a social gathering and our orders say we need to avoid that at all costs,” said Jesus Saenz, one of the Assistant City Managers for the City of Edinburg.
Saenz says there are ways to celebrate without large family gatherings, putting your loved ones at risk.
“They can create eggs at home, they can decorate and hide the eggs in the backyard, they can hide the eggs inside the home,” said Saenz.
Another Easter change this year, no cascarones, or Easter eggs, can be sold on the side of the road.
“We are not doing that, street vendors can be very dangerous, people are usually on the side of the road and vehicles stop, it’s not a safe proposition,” said Saenz.
Cities all across the valley are banning street vendors, such as Edinburg, Harlingen, Mission and more.
“Roadside vendors are not being allowed, they’re not considered essential businesses, according to the guidelines we follow,” said Robert Alvarez, Asst. Fire Chief and the Emergency Management Coordinator for the City of Mission.
With Easter only a few days away, local street vendors are already feeling the restrictions, many of them switching to selling cascarones ,or egg shells on social media.
“We don’t want to see our citizens going through a hardship, but because we’re navigating through uncharted territory, it’s important for us to mitigate the spread of this virus,” said Alvarez.
The Sheriff’s Office will also be enforcing the Shelter-In-Place order and citing street vendors in areas outside city limits.
The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Department has already issued several citations.