The town at the southern tip of Texas’ Gulf Coast, Port Isabel, has implemented strict regulations for residents in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Notably, the city has issued a public face mask requirement and a prohibition of more than two people in a vehicle on public roadways.
Many localities have followed the governor’s encouragement, such as Cleburne which is limiting how many household members can engage in “essential activities” at once.
Additional aspects of the Port Isabel order include prohibiting taxis, limousines, or shuttle buses from transporting passengers, stopping grocery stores from allowing in more than two persons per cart nor persons below the age of 14, and closing all “non-essential” businesses.
The order also includes a price-fixing provision that specifically prohibits “any person from charging more than the price prevailing on March 13, 2020” for a variety of shoppable goods.
The city has a population of just over 5,000 people.
A $500 fine penalty for non-compliance was instituted by the city, which is different from the majority of other enforcement provisions.
Port Isabel’s order will stand until June 3, unless rescinded or extended.
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Brad Johnson is an Ohio native who graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 2017. He is an avid sports fan who most enjoys watching his favorite teams continue their title drought throughout his cognizant lifetime. In his free time, you may find Brad watching and quoting Monty Python productions.