South Padre Island enforces 20 new mandatory regulations to stop spread of COVID-19

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South Padre Island enforces 20 new mandatory regulations to stop spread of COVID-19

An emergency order is now in effect as South Padre Island lists several regulations for businesses and beach goers. 

The rules went into effect Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. after an emergency meeting was held by South Padre Island officials in hopes of stopping the spread of COVID-19. 

“Our hope is that by imposing these new rules we can stop the spread and end this national emergency quickly and our citizens and visitors stay healthy,” said Patrick McNulty, Mayor of SPI,  at the meeting. 

One of the new rules is to not be in groups of 10 or more at a time on the beach. 

“That is sad that we can not gather in groups, because it’s spring break we’re all in groups, we’re trying to turn up it’s spring breaks,” said one visitor from El Paso, “The coronavirus pretty much ruined everything for us, I mean we were supposed to see several people and they all canceled.” 

Below are the rules, 

  • No groups of 10 people or more at one time at the beach.
  • Restaurants and bars must limit their seating by 50% of their current configuration, with a maximum of 50 patrons per dining room.
  • Restaurants and bars will have a minimum distance of 8 feet between tables.
  • Restaurants and bars must close by 10:00 p.m. until 6:00 a.m. Last Call is 9:45 p.m.
  • Restaurants will be allowed to designate a parking space for curbside delivery.
  • All dance floors in bars and restaurants are closed.  Live music of more than two people  and all DJ entertainment are not allowed.
  • All food truck permits will be suspended indefinitely.
  • Any restaurants that have buffet style service, must have a server at each station, there will be no self-service buffets.
  • The Island Metro must restrict the available ridership by 50% of the available seats and will institute social distancing between riders. The Island Metro will sanitize the bus before the start of any route.
  • All beach port-a-potties will be closed twice a day for cleaning and hand sanitizers must be made available.
  • There will be no congregations or gatherings of more than 50 persons public or private.
  • Hotels are required to completely sanitize all touch surfaces before check in for all individual rooms.
  • All VRM are required to completely sanitize all touch areas within the unit and sanitize all glassware, plates, serving ware, silverware and cooking utensils.
  • Disposable glassware must be used in place of reusable glassware at 5:00 p.m on March 19. 
  • Self service drink dispensers are closed in all businesses.
  • Straws of any type are not allowed.
  • Condiments for beverages are not allowed.
  • Table top/ self-service condiment stations are not allowed.
  • Movie theaters and churches will limit audiences to less than 50 people and will enforce social distancing of a minimum space of 6 feet apart.
  • Gas Stations must sanitize the self-service portions of the equipment at a minimum every hour, preferably after each service. Sanitizer must be available at the pumps.



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