New Orders: Citywide Curfew, Closed Establishments and More
Hidalgo County has moved onto Level 1 on the Local Health Department Operational Levels and Indicators. This means that the county is at the Emergency Response Operations. The following apply while being at Level 1:
Epidemiological surveillance at max status
Non-essential government functions undergo increased operational review
A variety of measures are being taken in order to protect our citizens and be able to stop the spread of COVID-19 virus countywide after the confirmation of 2 Coronavirus cases in Hidalgo County. On Sunday, March 22, 2020 a new emergency order was passed by the Commissioner Court ordering new mandates. The City of Edinburg is als doing its part with these regulations and created a third order for the City of Edinburg in order to continue to protect our city. To check the new order by the City of Edinburg, visit here,and for the Hidalgo County new order visit here.
To start off, we would like to inform everyone that the City now has in full-effect a City Curfew which starts at 10:00 P.M. and ends at 5:00 A.M. Certain limited exceptions exist such as traveling directly to and from work if part individuals are part of an essential service industry or government employee. Residents must follow these new regulations, or otherwise they can expect to be find up to $1,000 or spend up to 180 days in jail.
The City also has reduced the number of people in gatherings to 10 persons. A variety of exceptions apply such as grocery stores, gas stations and other retail stores which sell essential household items. Hospitals or other medical facilities, child day cares, nursing homes and other adult day care centers, amongst other businesses, although they are to follow strict health guidelines issued by the state.
With this said, a number of businesses had to shut down, these include restaurants, bars, and food courts, however they can continue to provide drive thru, delivery and pick up options only. All other businesses such as hair, nail salons or barber shops, spas, massages, movie theaters, gyms and other entertainment facilities must close.
This also includes Edinburg’s Sports & Wellness Center and Sekula Library until further notice. The Edinburg City Hall will continue to remain open during regular hours, although to ensure the safety of our citizens, it will follow the new mandates and allow only 10 people at a time.
City parks will remain open, although distance from one person to another is expected. Playground will be closed and should not be used by the public. For any more information, please contact (956) 259-4357 from 8:00 A.M. through 8:00 P.M.