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Officials set to begin stricter Enforcement of COVID-19 declaration of disaster restrictions

Public officials met on Monday to discuss the communities’ response to restrictions set in place by both the city and county in order to protect the community residents during this outbreak.

Afterwards, Eagle Pass Mayor Luis Sifuentes and Maverick County Judge David Saucedo held a live press conference online in which they announced stricter enforcement on the restrictions in place.

This enforcement will include a law enforcement task force that will be patrolling the different areas in our community to look into violations of the restrictions especially at local stores, public parks and other areas defined under the already in place restrictions. This will include stricter policing of minors not adhering to the restrictions set under an upcoming amendment to the declaration of disaster and violations related to non-essential actions.

Judge David Saucedo stated that the restrictions are in place to protect the community and having to look into moving forward and begin fining individuals and other options are to be put in the table to assure compliance.

Law enforcement authorities will begin this phase of the restriction protocol immediately.

“The law does state that you can be incarcerated and fined for not following the restrictions set in place under our declaration of disaster. We have gotten to this point because unfortunately we are seeing that many people are not following those restrictions,” said Judge Saucedo. “What we are doing is to protect our residents. We need to assure that everyone is protected during this crisis.”

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