Hidalgo County has joined Cameron and Starr counties in issuing a full stay at home order. Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez signed the order Wednesday afternoon in yet another stepped up enforcement measure to try to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
The directive requires all residents of Hidalgo County to stay in their homes around the clock, and for businesses to close. The order does contain a number of exceptions and exemptions for essential travel, personnel, and businesses. It is enforceable by a maximum fine of $1,000.
The county directive was issued after at least two cities, Edinburg and Palmview, implemented stay at home orders of their own. The county order will go into effect just before midnight Thursday and will remain in effect at least through April 10th.