As we are all aware the number of active cases of Coronavirus, nationwide, is on the rise. In El Paso, Texas and El Paso County we have a total of eleven (11) active cases, with another four (4) on Ft. Bliss.
The City of El Paso, through Mayor Dee Margo and the County of El Paso, through County Judge Ricardo Samaniego have issued a Stay Home, Work Safe order for both the City and County of El Paso.
The shelter-in-place order goes into effect on 11:59 p.m. tonight and will remain in effect until further notice.
This order is for all of El Paso County, including San Elizario, Clint, Socorro, Fabens and all municipalities within the county.
This order matches the ones issued by San Antonio, Austin, Houston and Ft Worth and is designed, according to Dee Margo, to help put an end to the transmission coronavirus.
“We must protect the health and safety of this community. We cannot wait until it is too late, so we must continue working to stay ahead of the wave of cases and help flatten the curve by suppression of this virus,” said El Paso Mayor Dee Margo. “It is very important that residents and businesses cooperate to make this effort as successful as possible to keep our community healthy.”
What does this mean?
During the Stay Home, Work Safe order, unless you work within a specific business category, you will be required to remain home unless you are going to purchase groceries, fuel, or going to and from a doctor or medical treatment.
Who will be able to work during this order?
The order applies to everyone in El Paso County to work safe and stay home with the exceptions of essential businesses and activities; to include but not limited to emergency personnel, healthcare personnel, groceries, financial, critical trades, postal services, food delivery or pick-up, home-based care, childcare, and those performing essential government functions.
Ft Bliss has also indicated that all returning soldiers will be quarantined on base and now within the community at large.
Juarez has canceled all events, closed all restaurants and bars. Movie theaters, churches and all non-essential businesses have been closed as well.
Dr Hector Ocaranza also reminded everyone that if you have returned to El Paso, you must self-isolate for fourteen (14) days, without question.
If you decided to ignore the order and find yourself just wanting to drive around town or attend a house party or some other social gathering, you will be facing a fine of up to $1,000 or 180 days in jail.
“We are committed to keeping this community safe and healthy. While the effort is aggressive, there is no question that it will be effective in limiting COVID-19 exposure to the public,” said County Judge Ricardo A. Samaniego. “We all must realize that our actions and inactions could have a lasting effect on the entire the community, this order will help ensure positive outcomes for the health of El Paso.”
To report non-compliance, please email COVIDCompliance@elpasotexas.gov
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