SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas – While many are spending their time at home as part of the shelter in place, some are heading out to the beach for a little recreation.
On Wednesday April 1, Texas Governor Gregg Abbott issued a video to announce his latest executive order to restrict travel to essential travel only.
“I issued this executive order that requires all Texans to stay at home to provide essential services or do essential things like going to the grocery store.” said Abbott.
The order does not prohibit individuals from visiting parks, hunting, fishing or engaging physical activity. However, it does asks that residents follow social distancing policy.
County Judge Trevino weighed in on recreational activities such as fishing.
“Just because you have the right to do something, doesn’t mean it’s the right thing to do. I just feel like everyone should be doing their part,” said Treviño.
Cameron county was among the first to close its beaches as precaution.
The City of South Padre has not. Their public beaches remain open with lifeguards on patrol.
Right now, police units can be seen at the base of the Queen Isabella causeway scouting for violators.
We reached out to the City of South Padre Island on what specific precautions or enforcement they are doing at the beach. We have yet to hear an official response as of the making of this report. (4/2/2020)
Although not prohibited to visit the beach, health authorities ask that you limit your chances of exposure or spread of the virus.
The City of South Padre Island issued statement on adding checkpoints, cameras and prohibit recreational activities at the beach. According to the city’s official release, “Anyone found to violate the Shelter in Place Order will be subject to a fine up to $1,000 and/or up-to 180 days in jail, per violation.”