What you need to know about shelter in place rules and curfews for Valley counties

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What you need to know about shelter in place rules and curfews for RGV counties (Source: CBS 4)

Major changes have been taking place across the Rio Grande Valley to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

The biggest change as of Tuesday, takes place in Cameron County. Judge Eddie Trevino Jr.  has mandated a shelter in place order starting Wednesday until April 8, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. 

“I’d rather be criticized for getting ahead of this too early, then for getting behind this,” said the Cameron County Judge. 

This means you should only be on the streets for essential travel.

“You will be allowed to go to the supermarket and get supplies, you need to sustain your family, consumables, if you need to get to the doctor, hospital and pharmacy that will continue,” said Trevino. 

In Hidalgo County,  County Judge Ruben  Cortez,  has ordered a mandatory curfew from 10:00 pm to 5:00 a.m. 

“The best way not to be infected is not to be around humans so we are trying to practice human separation,” said Cortez. 

If you break any of these violations, you will be fined $1,000 and can face up to 180 days in jail.

Regardless if you’re in Hidalgo or Cameron counties, restaurants must serve food or beverages curbside or by drive-thru service.

Gyms and other places of large gatherings must be closed.

CBS 4 News also spoke to the county judges of both Willacy and Starr counties. Both say they are meeting with city leaders within their county to make any  charges. 

As of Monday night, neither of Willacy and Starr have a curfew in place. 

“At this time we’re monitoring everything city to city,” said Starr County Judge, Aurelio “Keter” Guerra. 

To view the entire Cameron county order, visit here. 

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