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Brooks County issues curfew as COVID-19 cases rise

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Posted at 10:38 AM, Dec 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-23 19:48:51-05

FALFURRIAS, Texas — Commissioners in Brooks County issued a curfew as COVID-19 cases rise in the county.

The curfew, which goes into effect Wednesday night, is from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sundays to Thursdays and Midnight to 5 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. It is in effect until rescinded, said County Judge Eric Ramos.

Individuals should remain in or around their personal homes or property during the time of the curfew and avoid traveling on the roadways, according to the order.

Fines for violating the order will not exceed $1,000.

Those exempted from the order include those who are traveling to or from work, assisting with emergency operations at the request of the emergency management coordinator or his designee, or otherwise unable to comply due to an emergency necessity are exempt from this requirement.

Individuals traveling to work during the curfew should get a letter from their employers, Ramos said.

Ramos also said the order did not apply to individuals who are working as part of the pandemic relief effort, individuals working at a food establishment or at an approved disaster relief facility.

Commissioners also approved two additional resolutions.

One resolution asks residents to remain at home, with the exception of essential needs.

Another resolution seeks the state to provide the county with addresses of individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19, so that they may provide educational materials and enforcement.