MISSION, Texas (KVEO) – A curfew will soon be in effect for Mission residents and those that drive through the city.
Starting Wednesday, June 17, 2020, residents will not be allowed to leave their residence from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. for two weeks.
“My recommendation to the council was going be to make face masks mandatory in the City of Mission,” said Mission Mayor Dr. Armando O’Caña to KVEO in an exclusive interview.
Dr. O’caña wanted stricter guidelines to stop the spread of COVID-19.
“However, our legal counsel did not allow me to do that because the Texas Attorney General has told us that would be a direct violation to the Governor’s order,” said Dr. O’Caña.
Instead, the city approved the curfew that goes into effect Wednesday at 12:01 a.m.
“I heard the cry of my community, citizens were calling me on the phone,” said Dr. O’Caña, “[The citizens] let me know that we had to do something different in the City of Mission because they saw the spikes of the numbers.”
Those numbers, O’caña said have gone up dramatically.
During an emergency special meeting Monday afternoon, city officials said they have seen 10 Mission residents test positive in one day when in the past the average was 1 person a day.
To help with the spike, O’Caña is reinstating the strike team.
The strike team combines several groups of law enforcement, health crews and law enforcement to team up and visit Mission businesses to ensure they are practicing social distancing and CDC guidelines.
“It seems like now that most of the businesses are beginning to slack off and to encourage that they require and make it mandatory that if they get into facilities to be able to use a mask,” said O’Caña.
Another rule passed Monday at the special meeting was for all 700 city employees to get screened every 12 hours for COVID-19 symptoms.
“When they come to a facility, we do check all the public, but we don’t check our employees, and a lot of the employees use the back doors to come in and out of all the public facilities that we have for our cities, so we want to ensure COVID-19 virus doesn’t come into our facilities,” said O’Caña.
O’caña said he will be reaching to the Texas Attorney General’s Office to see if they will consider loosening up the restrictions so the City of Mission can bring back mandatory face coverings.
“I hope other cities in Hidalgo County will do the same, because together we can beat this deadly, silent virus,” said O’Caña.