EDINBURG, Texas – Hidalgo County judge Richard F. Cortez has signed new orders requiring residents to wear face covers while outside.
One of the new warrants has indicated that the only exceptions to the face covering requirement will be exercise, driving in your personal vehicle and whether you are at home or alone in the office.
According to the press release, the new orders will go into effect at midnight and last until midnight on April 30.
In addition to the required masks, ordinances now establish a 24-hour curfew for anyone under the age of 17, unless they perform an essential service, are engaged in an emergency, or are accompanied by a parent.
The ordinance stipulates that people over 18 will also have a curfew between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless you are engaged in essential services or emergencies.
Child care is also affected by new orders that only children of essential workers can access community child care. In these cases, child care can only be provided to groups of ten or less in separate rooms.
According to the ordinance, if a member of a household has a positive result in the COVID-19 test, the whole household must be isolated at home.
“The basis for the orders is simple,” said Judge Cortez. “We must all assume that we are carriers of the virus. Every action we take must be done with the consideration that we will not share it with those around us. By taking these steps now, we are improving our chances of regaining some sense of normalcy sooner rather than later. “
If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact the director of public affairs for Hidalgo County, Carlos Sanchez, at 956-292-7026.