EDINBURG, TEXAS – The Edinburg City Council held a special meeting to approve a revised Disaster Order. The new Live Safe, Work Safe order aligns with Governor Abbott’s Executive Order.
The “Live Safe” section of the Order is divided between Guidance and Mandates for residents. Guidance includes staying home as much as possible to avoid spreading the disease and wearing facial coverings in public places. Mandates include Maintaining 6 feet distancing with people not in their household and isolating if they are sick.
The Work Safe section of the Order provides mandates for businesses operating in the City and includes distancing, hygiene, and sanitation practices, submitting a Work Safe plan to the City for approval and specific restrictions regarding occupancy and distancing.
“We all want to get back to living and working,” said Mayor Richard Molina. “But COVID-19 is still spreading. We want safe, responsible progress and that’s going to take all of us working together following guidance and mandates, to keep our families, friends and neighbors healthy.”
Medical experts in Hidalgo County have said there is clear evidence that Coronavirus is being community spread. Although facial coverings are no longer mandated, City leaders do urge everyone to use best practices to help stop the spread locally.
The new order was signed today and goes into effect Friday, May 1, 2020 at 12:01 am.