The Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday it will begin stepping up enforcement for the county’s shelter-at-home order.
Individuals who are found not to be in compliance with any part of the order will receive a citation or be arrested, according to a news release from HCSO. Violators will face a fine of up to to $1,000 or 180 days in jail.
“Our community is law enforcements biggest and most important partner and today we need you more than ever to combat this virus and keep our families safe by simply staying home” said Sheriff J.E. “Eddie” Guerra.
Several cities announced throughout the week that their local police department are implementing random traffic stops to ensure those on the road are not violating the order.
According to the order, residents may not leave the household unless they are essential workers going to work or picking up supplies for their household.
Those with questions are urged to call the Hidalgo County Information Line at 956-292-7765 or your local Emergency Operations Center Hotlines which numbers can be found on Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page.