Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez has revised the county’s Public Health Emergency Order to allow specific retail businesses to conduct business again. The order was amended to come in line with Governor Greg Abbott’s plan to re-open the Texas economy announced a week ago. It allows retail outlets to re-open if they can take online and phone orders, and also offer curbside pickup or delivery services. The amended order also allows medical and dental offices to resume performing elective procedures.
Cortez says the physical distancing and hygiene mandates contained in the original order will remain in place. The no-travel restrictions and curfews will also stay in effect.
Meanwhile, the Hidalgo County Board of Judges has voted to extend its order postponing jury trials. The original order approved in mid-March was to expire May 8th. The extension halts jury trials for another three weeks – until June 1st.