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Beaches closed, visitors discouraged in Corpus Christi

Beach access will be severely restricted throughout July on Mustang and Padre islands in Nueces County, which includes Corpus Christi and Port Aransas. Courtesy photo

The editors at are sad to inform all you lovers of the Coastal Bend that with COVID-19 cases surging in Nueces County and South Texas, officials are asking you to stay home for now. In fact, beaches are closed to vehicular traffic throughout the rest of July and possibly beyond, depending on COVID-19 trends.

Currently, the seven-day average is 372 new cases a day. On July 14, the health department reported 605 new cases. The next day, the day Nueces County began its latest beach restrictions, 500 cases were reported.

If you insist on coming, here’s what to expect.

From 6 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., you can take whatever you can carry to the Gulf beaches on Mustang and Padre islands, but you cannot drive your car or beach buggy there. You can sit and set up chairs and a tarp, but by sunset (around 8:30 p.m.), all that has to be removed.

No one is allowed on the beaches for any reason during curfew from 8:30 p.m. to 6 a.m.

North and McGee beaches, the city’s bay beaches, don’t allow cars anyway. They are small, urban beaches. No tents, tarps, or chairs are allowed the rest of July. No lying on the beach either. Anyone using the beach has to keep moving, walking, running, biking, and swimming. Fishing is also allowed.

Eight of the city’s biggest parks are also closed as are pools and splash pads. Closed parks are Bill Witt, West Guth, Manuel Q. Salinas, The Water’s Edge, Cole, Labonte, Lakeview, and Parker.

Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales implored those wanting to visit the beaches to resist the temptation and help the Coastal Bend in its fight against COVID-19.

“I am going to do something I never thought I'd do,” Canales said. “I am going to ask Texans to give us some coastal distance. I am reaching out to Harris County, Bexar County, Dallas County, all those areas that love to come visit our coast and tell them that, any other time, we will welcome them with open arms. When the coast is clear, we will let you know.”

To follow the latest news on COVID-19 in Corpus Christi, check the Corpus Christi Business News' COVID-19 Resource Page.

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