List of local businesses that have changed hours, closures

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The following businesses are changing their hours, closing or making other adjustments because of the coronavirus. This list will be updated as needed.


Temporary Closure of Dining Room Seating

Our highest priority continues to be the health and well-being of everyone who comes into our restaurants. As we navigate the evolving impact of coronavirus on our communities, we are temporarily closing our dining room seating to help limit person-to-person contact. Some of our restaurants may only offer service through our drive-thrus, while others may be able to offer takeout, delivery or mobile order options. Thanks for your patience. We know these are challenging times, but we’ll continue to do our best to serve you.

Port Isabel Lighthouse and Museums

The City of Port Isabel is restricting public access to City buildings, effective March 15 and continuing until April 6 or further notice. City employees will continue to provide services by telephone, email, drop boxes or limited building lobby access. Employees will work in shifts to minimize the potential for any disruption in services. The lighthouse, museums and public buildings are closed. The Museums’ of Port Isabel Telling Our Stories, Port Isabel Antique & Flea Market and Queen Isabella Market Day have been canceled.

H-E-B Stores

To better serve our customers and increase product availability, all H-E-B stores and Central Market will open at 8 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. until further notice. This also includes Joe V’s and Mi Tienda locations.


Walmart stores and Neighborhood Markets will be open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. until further notice. This will help ensure associates can clean and stock products. Stores operating under more reduced hours will keep current hours of operation.


The burrito restaurant chain will be temporarily offering a “to-go only” option in all 2,600 locations across the country. Customers can still go into the restaurant and place their to-go orders, but can not dine in. Chipolte is also offering delivery service and has suspended all delivery fees through the month of March.


“By 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, we will temporarily close dining rooms at all Whataburger restaurants. These closures will begin in select markets March 16 and will continue until further notice,” a statement from the fast food chain read. “During the time our dining rooms are closed, we are proud to continue to staff our drive-thru – offering a full menu for guests at all of our restaurants 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”

Whataburger will also begin curbside service on Thursday between 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

Native Plant Project

The March 24 program of the Native Plant Project has been cancelled due to current health concerns regarding the coronavirus. The public will be informed of the April program at a future date.

San Benito Police Department

The San Benito Police Department says as a precaution it is closing the lobby to the department’s lobby area. The department said officers will continue to patrol the city. However, minor offenses will only be handled by phone. Walk-in services provided by police will be discontinued until further notice. Inmates will not be allowed to have any visitors with the exception of their attorneys.