(This story contains updates.)
Beginning tomorrow, Thursday, July 16, Port Aransas beaches will be closed to vehicular access until Aug. 1 – a period stretching for more than two weeks, according to city and county officials.
The vehicle ban is set to go into effect at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow, according to Port Aransas Mayor Charles Bujan.
Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales issued the order today, and it will be enforced by the City of Port Aransas, according to Bujan.
The measure is being taken to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Nueces County recently has seen large spikes in the reported numbers of people with the virus.
Beachgoers will be allowed to walk to the beach, just as they could when the beaches were closed to vehicular access during the July 4 holiday weekend, Bujan said.
A beach curfew also will go into effect, county-wide, beginning tomorrow. The curfew will be for all activities from 8:30 p.m. until 6 a.m. each day until Aug. 1.
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