Thank you! #PortIsabelCares ~ Proclamation FAQs

From the City of Port Isabel, THANK YOU!

Thank you for Sheltering in Place and protecting your friends, family and neighbors. Thank you for consciously and courteously social distancing while out on essential tasks. Thank you for your support of our local businesses and restaurants. While it will continue to take patience and endurance, you play THE most important role in the health of our community and the City of Port Isabel is very grateful! 

We’re continuing to update our Restaurant and Local Business information to keep you informed of where you can get food, supplies and services. If you have information we need to add, update or correct, please let us know!


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City of Port Isabel

UPDATE: Port Isabel Mayor issues proclamation with NEW restrictions, effective 4/2 5p.

NEW RESTRICTIONS regarding accommodations, numbers of persons upon any public roadway or waterway, boat ramp usage, shopping cart protocol, age restriction for shoppers, restrictions regarding trips outside the home, drive-thru and take out restrictions. []


When does Proclamation 2020-4-2-1 go into effect? April 2, 2020 at 5 p.m and shall continue until April 8, 2020 11:59 pm, or until rescinded or modified.

Short term rentals: are prohibited from entering a new rental agreement. Some exceptions apply.

Transportation restrictions: no more than 2 people are allowed in private transportation on a roadway or waterway.

Fishing: is not prohibited, but anglers must keep restrictions regarding transportation, boat ramps and time of day into consideration.

Boat ramps: closed to the general public.

Shopping cart protocol: no more than two persons can use a single shopping cart.

Age restrictions in businesses selling groceries or staples: no persons under the age of 14 are allowed.

Essential travel restrictions: residents encouraged to minimize trips outside the home, restrict the trip to one person, persons with odd-numbered license plates should shop on odd-numbered days, even-numbered license plates on even-numbered days.

Public rights-of-way regulations: no person shall be upon public rights-of-way including waterways (includes the Port Isabel Side Channel), streets, sidewalk, alleys and parks, at any time. Full proclamation text: -No person shall be upon public rights-of-way, including waterways (added 4/2/2020) streets, sidewalks, alleys and parks at any time. The presence of any person who is not essential to the function of a public entity or business, or who is not seeking medical attention, upon any public right-of-way between the hours of 11:30 pm and 6:30 am shall be considered prima facie evidence of a violation of this order (added 4/2/2020). Exceptions include: walking and running between the hours of 6:30 am and 11:30 pm in compliance with social distancing rules (added 4/2/2020), personnel essential to the function of public entities or businesses, and persons traveling to obtain medical care, medication, food, staples of daily living or other essential services.

11:30 pm – 6:30 am: Being in a public right-of-way or waterway (includes the Port Isabel Side Channel) will be a violation of this order. Exceptions include walking or running in compliance to social distancing rules, personnel essential to the function of public entities or businesses, traveling to obtain medical care, medication, food, staples or other essential services.

Commercial business access: general public may only be upon its premises if they are seated in a vehicle. Some exceptions apply: laundromats, banks, hardware stores, medical providers, utilities, pharmacies, grocery stores, food service of takeout and delivery, exempted day cares, shipping/postal businesses, units of government, building work and landscaping.

Take-out restriction: no more than 10 people may congregate in take-out area, drive-thru and take-out must stay in their vehicles. Patrons on foot my stay 6 feet from each other. To minimize contact, payment is encouraged by telephone or electronic means and the order is placed on an open tailgate or vehicle trunk.

Previous restrictions effective March 20, 2020 6:00 am: remain in effect unless there is a conflict in which case this order shall supersede.