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Nueces County extends vehicle beach ban, curfew

Sunrise over a Nueces County Beach at the end of a night-long curfew. A vehicle ban on county beaches and a curfew that have been in effect since the July 4th weekend, have been extended at least until August 17 to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Courtesy photo

An order banning vehicles from Nueces County beaches has been extended through August 17, announced County Judge Barbara Canales in the daily joint city/county news briefing at city hall Thursday, July 30. Canales said she would sign the order on Friday, July 31, to add two weeks to the ban, which includes a curfew restricting beach access by pedestrians as well from 8:30 p.m.-6:30 a.m. each night.

“This is not government overreach, but an important aspect to protect the general welfare of our community,” Canales sad. “Two weeks ago, we were number one in counties in America per capita in the number of cases of COVID-19. We were number two in the state for deaths per capita.”

Those numbers are receding, but not enough to stop the measures the city and county have taken to slow the virus’ spread, she continued.

“We have bent the curve,” she said. “That’s not by accident.”

She noted that after closing the beaches Easter weekend, the number of new cases, hospitalizations, and deaths began to decrease. After Memorial Day weekend, when beaches were open and packed, the numbers skyrocketed, bringing the county to national attention for its rise in COVID cases.

Data from a team of researchers at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi further prove restrictive measures like wearing masks, social distancing, avoiding large group gatherings, and limiting access to the beach are working.

“According to the best predictive data from TAMU-CC, if we keep doing what we are doing, maybe the worse is over for this summer,” Canales said. “At least for this spike, this weird wave of the first wave of this disease. These orders must stay in place to get the results we need.”

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