Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez has lifted the nearly 2-month-old shelter at home order, but has also implemented new coronavirus-related protections aimed at the soon-to-be-arriving Winter Texan crowd.
The new protections take effect Monday which Cortez says take into consideration visiting Winter Texans who are older and more vulnerable to the effects of COVID-19.
As an example, winter visitors are strongly encouraged to stay home unless having to travel for medicine, food, and other essential reasons. The retirees are also urged to keep a safe physical distance from other people. Also, popular events and gathering spots will be limited to 50 percent occupancy, and anyone attending must wear a face covering and follow the standard health and safety recommendations.
Also, the new provisions keep in place for everyone the overnight curfew that prohibits travel except for essential personnel and essential reasons.