Port Isabel tightening restrictions as a plea to residents to stay home

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PORT ISABEL, Texas – Port Isabel city officials want to keep residents safe by keeping more residents at home.

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise, officials want to flatten the curve, with tighter travel restrictions.

Some of those new restrictions include prohibiting new short term rental agreements and restricting more than 2 people riding together on the roadway or waterways.

Minors under 14 will also not be allowed in a grocery store, and no more than 2 people can use a shopping cart.

Boat ramps will also be closed to the general public, and fishing although not prohibited, the fisherman must still abide by travel restrictions.

“You know over the past few weeks we have been slowly ramping up these protections, and so this is just the latest step that we’ve taken, and were going to continue ramping up these protections until everyone is safe from the virus.” – Jared Hockema, Port Isabel City Manager

Most residents we spoke with today were in agreement with the tighter restrictions but some did disagree.

City officials say they will enforce the new guidelines, and also add police have already begun handing out citations.

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