Following a spike of cases, the City of El Paso issued new restrictions on local businesses:
All bars in El Paso County, including those within City limits, must remain closed. Click here to read the full text of the October 15 emergency directive.Visit EPStrong.org for other information on restrictions related to gatherings, social activities and sporting events.
In most cases, yes. The City of El Paso’s 4th Local Emergency Order requires every person in El Paso to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth when inside a commercial building or public entity or when in an outdoor public space when it is not feasible to keep six feet apart from people who don’t live in their household. This emergency directive has the force of legal directive and infractions are punishable by a fine of up to $500. Click here to read the emergency order.
Many of the State of Texas’ COVID-19 business regulations do not apply to counties which have fewer than 1,000 cumulative cases. However, because El Paso surpassed 1,000 cumulative cases in May 2020, those exemptions do not apply here.
This is one of the most consequential decisions a business owner can make. Owners should take into account the health, safety and comfort of their employees, their customers, their vendors and others. As a business owner, you have important responsibilities if you operate during the pandemic. While it doesn’t have the force of law, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration has worked with the Department of Health and Human Services to produce this guidance for workplaces.