County extends emergency orders until Sept. 7

Shopping traffic continues downtown as stores reopen following closures due to COVID-19 Wednesday on Elizabeth Street. (Denise Cathey/The Brownsville Herald)

Cameron County officials announced on Monday they are extending emergency management orders through Sept. 7 which enforces a shelter-in-place order, mandatory facial coverings, curfews, limitations on gatherings and beach closures.

This order is the Third Amended Emergency Management Order issued by the county. This order is issued as a continued public health emergency measure to reduce and combat the transmission rate of COVID-19 in Cameron County.

The shelter-in-place recommendation is for all residents for the remainder of this order’s tenure.

Additionally, the order enforces a curfew for all residents. Persons 17 and under have a curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., meanwhile, persons 18 and older have a curfew from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

However, several “essential travel” reasons are excluded from this order, including travel for employment purposes, medical care, educational work, and more.

Social gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited.

The order also states that access to all county beaches remain closed.

Parking on the shoulder of Highway 100 on Park Road and Ocean Boulevard, north of Edwin King Atwood Park is prohibited. Owners of vehicles found in violation could be fined up to $500.

In addition, driving or walking over the dunes to access the beach is prohibited, as well as driving or walking around barricades at closed accesses.