Covid-19 Brief

KEY TAKEWAYS

HIDALGO COUNTY EMERGENCY ORDER DATED MARCH 22, 2020

➢ No gatherings of ten (10) or more persons

➢ Closure of non-essential retail establishments, including but not limited to:

  • Gyms, spas, massage parlors

  • Hair and nail salons, barber shops

  • Entertainment (movie theaters, bowling alleys)

➢ Restrictions do NOT apply to:

  • Grocery Stores

  • Gas stations

  • Parks

  • Essential retail establishments

  • Hospitals, medical offices

  • Bus, train, airport terminals

➢ Stay at Home Curfew  -  Do not leave home between 10 PM and 5 AM unless seeking medical treatment, getting gas, getting essential household goods, going to bus terminal or airport

➢  Price Controls - Cannot sell goods or services for more than the price for which they were sold on March 17, 2020

➢  No evictions for 30 days

➢  Violations punishable by a fine up to $1,000 or up to 180 days in jail

➢  Remains in effect until April 5, 2020 unless rescinded

LATEST INFORMATION

Department of Homeland Security

https://www.dhs.gov/

Official statement from Department of Homeland Security

https://www.dhs.gov/news/2020/03/20/joint-statement-us-mexico-joint-initiative-combat-covid-19-pandemic

The strong partnership and close cooperation between the United States and Mexico has allowed us to maintain a productive border environment. We value the health and safety of our citizens and keep that at the forefront of joint decisions made by our respective leaders regarding cross-border operations. 

Recognizing the robust trade relationship between the United States and Mexico, we agree our two countries, in response to the ongoing global and regional health situation, require particular measures both to protect bilateral trade and our countries’ economies and ensure the health of our nations’ citizens. We agree to the need for a dedicated joint effort to prevent spread of the COVID-19 virus and address the economic effects resulting from reduced mobility along our shared border.  

The U.S. and Mexican governments further recognize critical services such as food, fuel, healthcare and life-saving medicines must reach people on both sides of the border every day. Essential travel must therefore continue unimpeded during this time.  In order to ensure that essential travel can continue, the United States and Mexico are also temporarily restricting all non-essential travel across its borders.

“Non-essential” travel includes travel that is considered tourism or recreational in nature. Additionally, we are encouraging people to exercise caution by avoiding unnecessary contact with others.

This collaborative and reciprocal initiative is an extension of our nations’ prudent approach that values the health and safety of our citizens in the joint decisions made by our respective leaders regarding cross-border operations.

This joint initiative will commence at 00:01 Saturday March 21 throughout the US-Mexico land border for a period of 30 days subject to extension upon review. 

Mayor’s Statement Regarding International Bridge is right below:


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