Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez has ordered all residents to stay at home unless they are conducting essential business. The order becomes effective at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, March 26, 2020. The order remains in effect until April 10, 2020, but Judge Cortez has the authority to lift the order at any time.

People may leave their homes for only specific reasons, among them:

To engage in activities or perform tasks essential to their health and safety, or to the health and safety of their family or household members (for example, obtaining medical supplies or medication, visiting a healthcare professional, or obtaining supplies needed to work from home).

To obtain necessary services or supplies for themselves and their family or household members, and products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of households, or to deliver those services or supplies to others.

To engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with Social Distancing including maintaining six-foot social distancing from each other; washing hands with soap and water at least twenty seconds often or using hand sanitizer; covering coughs or sneezes; cleaning high-touch surfaces; not shaking hands.

To perform work providing essential products and services at an Essential Business or to otherwise carry out activities specifically permitted in this Order.

To care for a family member, a child or pet in another household.