Starting at 11:59 p.m. on April 1st, El Pasoans have some new rules they must follow or they will face some harsh consequences. With 68 confirmed positive COVID-19 cases, new rules have been created to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

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The City of El Paso issued the 'Stay Home, Work Safe' order on March 24th but officials have now amended the guidelines for El Pasoans:

  • All individuals living within the City of El Paso are directed to stay at home or at their place of residence unless they are performing essential duties, working in an essential business, government, etc. Public and Private gatherings of any number of people are prohibited.
  • Any travel is restricted to approved activities. Anyone returning from travel of 100 miles or more outside the City must self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • Any public of private gatherings at any recreational area, park, pool or recreational facility is prohibited. This includes hike and bike trails, whether formally recognized by the City or not; including, but not limited to any golfing in public or private courses; any gathering in school recreation areas, tennis clubs, and any other private recreational club; the area near Socorro Independent School District Student Activities Complex (“SAC”) located near 1300 Joe Battle Boulevard; all to include the use of any type of recreational vehicle at any outdoor area.
  • Critical infrastructure and construction activities that are exempt are more clearly defined.
  • Business owners must provide mandatory rest breaks of at least 15 minutes every four hours so workers can follow hygiene guidelines. Additionally, businesses can take no adverse action against an employee who has been quarantined or advised to self-quarantine due to possible exposure.

El Pasoans are still allowed to go out for essential necessities like groceries, banks and gas stations but must follow the guidelines. Please practice social distancing when you must go out. Honestly El Pasoans, the City of El Paso really just wants people to stop having gatherings.

If you want to find out more information, you can find all the details over at epstrong.org.