City, county set limits on social distancing numbers

Parts of the Nueces County Courthouse will reopen on Thursday
Posted at 5:52 PM, Mar 18, 2020

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — As coronavirus continues to spread across the state, our local governments are setting limits on the size of public gatherings.

In Nueces County, the number is now down to 50.

It comes only a week after the city and county agreed to be kept to 250 people.

“Earlier, we did this for 500, and then we had a change which is 250,” County Judge Barbara Canales said. “And now I'll defer to the Mayor to talk about the second amendment.”

Corpus Christi Mayor Joe McComb said fewer people should result in lessened chances for contact.

"The less exposure you have, the better chance of controlling the coronavirus,” McComb said. “And so, the 50 is just for people gathering in close spaces."

Beginning on Thursday, the public will have limited access at the courthouse.

The building will be open, but many windows where filing and payments happen will be closed.

Drop boxes will be set up for documents and payments, but no cash.

Patrons can also use the Nueces County website or good ol’ fashioned mail to send in or request documents.

"They're doing it to keep everyone safe,” said Emily Merkel of Corpus Christi. “I'm in the medical health field so I understand. They did call me and tell me they will be closed tomorrow.”

The way things work at the courthouse are changing quickly.

And for more information, check out the county’s website here.