In a July 21 release, the City of McAllen encourages business owners to review and abide by Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s orders regarding businesses in Texas.
“Those orders do not require businesses to close nor are businesses or their customers required to adhere to particular hours, other than those contained in Governor Abbott’s orders,” reads the statement.
The statement comes following Order 20-011 effective today, from Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez. In the July 20 orders, nonessential businesses to cease activities besides curbside, drive-thru or take-out services. The orders are in effect until at least Aug. 5. Along with shelter-in-place, the order states occupancy limits on the number of persons allowed in a personal vehicle and fines for individuals not wearing face coverings.
However, these orders, according to an interview with the Texas Tribune, John Wittman, a spokesperson for Abbott, states the orders are not enforceable.
“This order has no enforcement mechanism, which makes it simply a recommendation for those to stay home if they can, which Governor Abbott supports,” Wittman said. “However, this order does not force businesses to shut down in the Rio Grande Valley.”
Furthermore, McAllen Mayor Jim Darling and elected McAllen city officials encourage all of its citizens to practice social distancing, avoid large groups and wear a mask.