South Padre Island monitors mask mandate on their beaches

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SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas — The Fourth of July holiday weekend brought hundreds of visitors to South Padre Island.

However, this year’s celebration is a lot different from others. 

“If you walk in a store they won’t sell you anything unless you have a mask on,” Turner Lingard, who is visiting the island from Austin said. As he stepped foot onto one of the beach accesses where the new order is being enforced.

“I saw something saying that there’s going to need wearing masks on the beach,” Del Carr from Arizona said all while wearing his face mask.

This is part of Governor Greg Abbott’s mask mandate that requires counties with more than 20 COVID-19 cases to follow.

Signs are visible in all beach accesses reminding guests that they must always wear their face coverings.

“We saw a little patrol…there’s one driving up and down the beach,” Carr and his wife explained as they pointed at a patrol car.

According to the city, officers are reminding folks to wear their masks,  practice social distance, and not be in groups larger than 10 people.

In a press release, the city added that all nonsingle pole shade structures would be prohibited and only two chairs will be permitted.

“So far everybody is doing it and doesn’t cause a big of a problem,” Lingard said.
“If you’re thinking about coming to south padre I would definitely  come it’s beautiful and we’ve had no problems whatsoever.”

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