NUECES COUNTY, Texas — Big news today from the city-county health department's daily briefing. Top officials in Corpus Christi and Nueces County have made the tough decision to close parks and beaches to vehicle traffic this Easter weekend. This is all to prevent large gatherings from happening.

Closing begins Friday, April 10th at 6 a.m. until 6.a.m. Monday, April 13th.

Beach Access Points Closures

  • Access Road 2 
  • Beach Marker 62
  • Newport Pass Road
  • Zahn Road
  • Packery Channel Boat Ramp
  • Access Road A
  • Winward Parking Lot
  • Whitecap Beach
  • County Road 4
  • County Road 5

City Parks Closures

  • Bill White Park
  • Cole Park
  • Labonte Park
  • Lakeview Park
  • Manuel Q. Salinas Park
  • Parker Park
  • The Water's Edge
  • West Guth Park
  • Bay Beaches 
  • North Beach
  • Mcgee Beach

COVID-19 concerns in our area are putting the brakes on any big celebrations on what will be the first holiday since the outbreak of the virus. City-county leaders announcing temporary park and beach closures to vehicle traffic for the Easter weekend. Their way of trying to keep people from gathering in large groups and possibly spreading the virus.

"We don't want people to want to come to Corpus Christi from surrounding communities, travel all the way down here, and have a terrible time because they get sick or go home and get sick," Mayor McComb said. "We also don't want them to come down if they are a carrier to bring it to Corpus Christi."

Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales asking families to put those big egg hunts on hold. "I believe from the shores of Kleberg, to the shores of Nueces, and including Port Aransas these beach closures are in our best interest," Canales said. 

City-county leaders stressing the closures will only be temporary law enforcement officers will be on hand. If anyone gets caught moving one of the barricades, Canales had this stern warning.

"You will get caught, and we are only at 77% occupation in the jail and I consider moving those barricades to be completely inforced," Canales said. 

For the latest updates on coronavirus in the Coastal Bend, click here.

More from 3News on KIIITV.com: