On Thursday July 16, 2020, people will go through the vehicle barricades to get to White Cap Beach.  Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales issued an order banning vehicle access to beaches until August 1st.

Nueces County officials are taking some of their most energetic steps yet to fight the widespread spread of COVID-19 in the community. They block access to the beaches for two weeks and promise to enforce government regulations in businesses in what is known as a “thank you tour. “

The measures were announced on Wednesday, the day after Nueces County recorded its highest case count of 605.

They came into force on Thursday morning.

In Wednesday’s press conference, Corpus Christi Mayor Joe McComb admitted that an effective beach closure may not be popular, but described the decision as intended “to serve the health and safety of our citizens.”

“I think the next two weeks will be extremely important for us to try to bring the curve down,” he said.

Conditions in Nueces County – once marveled at as a region with few identified cases of COVID-19 – have deteriorated significantly in recent weeks as the number of identified cases and deaths has risen.

Nueces County maintained its undesirable status on Tuesday of having the highest COVID-19 growth rate – per capita – of any subway area in the state, according to researchers at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

According to the latest analysis, one in 13 people in Nueces County is infected with this virus.

A barricade will block access to the vehicle beach on White Cap Beach on Thursday, July 16, 2020.  Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales issued an order banning vehicle access to beaches on beaches until August 1st.

“The coast is not clear”

Wednesday’s announcements followed days when local officials increasingly urged thousands of Texas residents – dragged to the coast by miles of sunny beaches – to stay away while the region grapples with containment of one of the state’s most significant outbreaks.

It is important for people to understand that “the coast is not clear,” Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales said earlier this week.

The new orders largely reflect the orders launched over the Easter weekend and the 4th of July weekend – which, according to data, cut the number of visitors by thousands.

In addition to blocking vehicle access, there are also curfews on the beach, which stop all activities between 8:30 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

Pedestrians have access outside of curfew, McComb said.

There will be additional restrictions on two of the city’s beaches – McGee Beach and North Beach, including bans on tents, chairs, seats and loungers, he said.

However, beach goers can use the area for exercising such as walking or jogging.

A front loader is placing sand to block access to vehicles near the beach at Bob Hall Pier on Thursday, July 16, 2020.  Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales issued an order banning vehicle access to beaches until August 1st.

Business enforcement

Also on Wednesday, McComb announced an undisclosed amount of funding for public health officials and the police to join what he called a “thank you tour”. That is, they visit restaurants and other facilities to thank them for complying with government anti-virus regulations, such as: B. Capacity limits.

The funds will be drawn from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Act, he later added.

The majority of the companies, McComb said, have followed the governor’s instructions.

Those facilities found to be non-compliant will be warned – and if they fail a second time, officials will be ready to apply the permissible penalties.

“We’ll come – we won’t tell you the day or the hour,” McComb said of the checks. “Everyone likes a surprise.”

NEW ORDERS

Valid from 6 a.m. on Thursday to 6 a.m. on August 1st

Nueces County and Corpus Christi Beaches

  • Vehicles, including all-terrain vehicles and golf carts, are prohibited on the beaches
  • Entrances closed to vehicles
  • Pedestrians allowed
  • Curfew between 8:30 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

North Beach and Magee Beach

  • Pedestrians allowed, but activities are limited. Sitting, lying down, social gatherings, tents, camping, chairs are prohibited.
  • Curfew between 8:30 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

Parks

  • Entrances closed for vehicles
  • Pedestrians allowed
  • Affected: Bill Witt, Cole, Labonte, Lakeview, Manuel Q. Salinas, Parker, Water’s Edge and West Guth parks

Pool closings

  • Necklace
  • Greenwood
  • TO HAVE
  • Corpus Christi Natatorium
  • bear
  • West Guth

Splashpad closures

  • Bill Witt
  • Manuel Q. Salinas
  • Lindale

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Kirsten Crow covers government, industry and development in South Texas. Support local news by reading our subscription options and specials at Caller.com/subscribe