State and Local Orders During the Covid-19 Global Pandemic

  • May 7 - Judge Cortez issues 5th amended emergency order related to expanded reopening of additional services. The order remains in full force until May 31st.
  • "For the purposes of this Order "Essential Services" shall include religious services conducted in churches, congregations, and houses of worship. It is highly recommended and encouraged that religious and worship services be provided remotely by video and teleconference. Services that are not conducted remotely should be conducted in compliance with the minimum health protocols in accordance with the joint guidance issued and updated by the Texas Attorney General and the Texas Governor's Office."
  • "It is highly encouraged and recommended that all persons shelter-at-home, unless obtaining or providing for essential or reopened services"
  • In accordance with Governor Abbott's Executive Order GA-21, people over the age of 65 are strongly encouraged to stay home as much as possible and maintain appropriate distance from any member of the household who has been out of the residence in the previous fourteen (14) days; the home, implement physical distancing, wash hands with soap and water at least twenty seconds or use hand sanitizer, cover mouth and nose. People shall not visit nursing homes, state supported living centers, assisted living facilities, or long-term care facilities unless to provide critical assistance as determined through guidance from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). Nursing homes, state supported living centers, assisted living facilities, and long-term care facilities should follow infection control policies and practices set forth by the HHSC, including minimizing the movement of staff between facilities as appropriate. 

https://www.hidalgocounty.us/DocumentCenter/View/37748/05072020-Fifth-Amended-Emergency-Order-20-006-1649


  • April 30th- Judge Cortez amended emergency order of expanded services, while continuing to prohibit gatherings of more than 10 people. 


https://www.hidalgocounty.us/DocumentCenter/View/37546/04302020-Amended-Emergency-Order-20-005-Executed


  • April 28 - Governor Abbott's expanded reopening of services order

https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-issues-executive-order-relating-to-the-expanded-reopening-of-services


  • April 23 - Hildalgo County Judge Cortez' 3rd order allowing for non-essential services to reopen which can provide pickup or home delivery

https://www.hidalgocounty.us/DocumentCenter/View/37361/04232020-Third-Amended-Emergency-Order-20-004


  • April 21 - Governor Abbott's Guidance for Houses of Worship During the Covid-19 Crisis


https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/sites/default/files/images/admin/2020/Press/AG%20Guidance%20for%20Houses%20of%20Worship%20During%20the%20COVID-19%20Crisis.pdf

  • April 20 - Cameron County Judge Trevino Extends mandatory shelter in place until May 4

https://www.cameroncounty.us/publichealth/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/04.20.2020-Order-EM-Order-Extending-Countywide-Shelter-in-Place-with-lifting-of-Certain-Restrictions.pdf


  • April 9 - Cameron County Judge Trevino orders face masks in public and additional travel restrictions

https://www.cameroncounty.us/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/04.09.2020-For-Immediate-Release-First-Supplemental-Emergency-Management-Order-and-Recommendations-concerning-Travel-and-Face-Coverings.pdf



  • April 7 - Hidalgo County Judge Cortez extends the mandatory shelter-in-place order through April 30


https://www.hidalgocounty.us/DocumentCenter/View/36983/04072020-Amended-Emergency-Order-20-003


  • April 7 - Hidalgo  County Judge Cortez mandates  wearing facial coverings in public through April 30th for all people 3 years old and older

https://www.hidalgocounty.us/DocumentCenter/View/36985/04072020---Hidalgo-County-Judge-Richard-F-Cortez-Enacts-Stricter-Measures-to-Mitigate-COVID-19-Spread


  • April 6 - Cameron County Judge Trevino extends the mandatory shelter-in-place order through April 21

https://www.cameroncounty.us/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/For-Immediate-Release.pdf


  • March 31 - Governor Abbott issues an executive order extending through April 30th relating to statewide continuity of essential services and activities during the COVID-19 disaster.

https://gov.texas.gov/uploads/files/press/EO-GA-14_Statewide_Essential_Service_and_Activity_COVID-19_IMAGE_03-31-2020.pdf


  • March 26 - Mercedes Schools are closed until further notice


https://4.files.edl.io/b302/03/27/20/012517-25b8c850-0dc9-4212-a2b0-67c298d276c3.pdf


  • March 25 - Hidalgo County issues a shelter-at-home order for the county until April 10th


https://www.hidalgocounty.us/DocumentCenter/View/36744/03252020---Hidalgo-County-Judge-Richard-F-Cortez-Issues-Shelter-At-Home-Order



  • March 25 - The City of Edinburgh issues a Stay Home Work Safe Order


http://www.kurv.com/city-of-edinburg-issues-stay-home-work-safe-order/


  • March 23 - Cameron County Judge Treviño Jr.  issued shelter in place order for the county for the next 14 days


http://www.cameroncounty.us/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/03.23.2020-Press-Release-Third-Supplemental-Order-and-Mandatory-Countywide-Shelter-in-Place.pdf


  • March 22 - Hidalgo County Curfew Order restricting travel between 10pm -5am.


https://www.hidalgocounty.us/DocumentCenter/View/36671/3222020-Amended-Emergency-Order



  • March 19th - Governor Abbott issued an executive order  limiting gatherings statewide to  no more than 10 people due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 


https://gov.texas.gov/news/post/governor-abbott-issues-executive-orders-to-mitigate-spread-of-covid-19-in-texas


By temporarily suspending services and classes, Immanuel seeks to help limit the spread of the virus.


  • March 19th - Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño Jr. also issued similar orders pertaining to church worship gatherings. He orders that "all churches and places of worship limit groups to 10 persons or less. "


  • Judge Treviño also recommends that individuals shelter in place for 14 days.


http://www.cameroncounty.us/publichealth/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/03.20.2020-Order-Second-Supplemental-Order-and-Recommendation.pdf


  • March 19th - Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez also ammended his order, reducing the limit of any social event or gathering from  50 to less than 10 people. Violation of any provision of this order may be punishable by a fine of not more than $1000 or confinement for a term in jail not to exceed 180 days.


 https://www.hidalgocounty.us/DocumentCenter/View/36644/32020-Amended-Order-of-Local-Disaster-for-Public-Health-Emergency


  • March 17 - Judge Cortez declares a local disaster due to a health emergency and the commisioner's court limits gatherings to 50 persons.


https://www.hidalgocounty.us/DocumentCenter/View/36588/Commissioners-Court-Order-declaring-Local-Emergency-Disaster---March-17-2020