CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Corpus Christi and Nueces County officials announced Wednesday that parks and beaches in the county will be closed through Easter Weekend to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
Portions of parks and beaches with vehicular access will be cut off from 6 a.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Monday, according to the county’s amended emergency order.
The decision was made after county and city officials consulted with the Texas General Land Office.
Families typically gather at parks or beaches on Sunday to celebrate Easter.
Before the decision was announced on Wednesday, Corpus Christi Caller-Times photographer Courtney Sacco took pictures near Bob Hall Pier, which was filled with people even while the city of Corpus Christi is under a stay-at-home order.
Likewise, Padre Island National Seashore will be closing for Easter weekend as well.
The seashore will reopen Monday for day-use only, and overnight camping and parking is not allowed.
COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new virus, stands for coronavirus disease 2019. The disease first appeared in late 2019 in Wuhan, China, but spread around the world in early 2020, causing the World Health Organization to declare a pandemic in March.
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