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Effective April 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m - First amendment to Order No. 7
by the County Judge of El Paso County, Texas.

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How has the April 1st order changed?

Residential & Commercial Construction

Residential & Commercial construction may continue as an essential activity but employees are required to follow social distancing requirements and employers are required to ensure their employees are working safe and able to comply. Click below for full requirements.


Public & Private Gatherings

All public and private gatherings of any number of people are prohibited. However, nothing in this Order prohibits the gathering of people who currently live in the same home or dwelling unit.


Religious Services

The County strongly urges congregations and religious leaders to perform all services remotely. If services cannot be conducted remotely, they should be conducted consistent with the Guidelines from the President and the CDC by practicing good hygiene, environmental cleanliness, and sanitation, and by implementing social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

 

 



Parks and Recreational Areas

You are prohibited from any public or private gathering at all City & County Parks and recreational areas and similar facilities, such as:

  • Golfing on public or private courses;
  • Any gathering in school recreation areas;
  • tennis clubs;
  • Any other private recreational club;
  • The area known as “Red Sands” located near 15698 Montana Avenue;
  • The area near Socorro Independent School District Student Activities Complex (“SAC”)

Social Distancing Detailed

Social Distancing Requirements include:

  • maintaining at least six-foot Social Distancing from other individuals;
  • Washing hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible or using hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol;
  • Covering coughs or sneezes (into the sleeve or elbow, not hands);
  • Regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces, and;
  • Not shaking hands.

Hiking & Trails

You are prohibited from any public or private gathering at all City & County Parks and recreational areas and similar facilities, such as:

  • Golfing on public or private courses;
  • Any gathering in school recreation areas;
  • tennis clubs;
  • Any other private recreational club;
  • The area known as “Red Sands” located near 15698 Montana Avenue;
  • The area near Socorro Independent School District Student Activities Complex (“SAC”)

Effective March 24, 2020 at 11:59 p.m El Pasoans are asked to stay home and work safe.

What does the order mean?


You must stay home UNLESS, according to the order, you are:

- leaving home to perform an “essential activity;”

- leaving home because your job is considered part of an “essential critical infrastructure;"

- leaving home because your job is an “essential government function;

- leaving home because your job is at an “essential business;”

- leaving home to perform “essential travel”

If you aren’t leaving for one of these reasons, you must stay home.

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What can I do?

  • Perform tasks essential to your health and safety, or to the health and safety of your family or household members (for example, obtaining medical supplies or medication, visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies need to work from home).
  • Obtain necessary services or supplies for yourself and your family or household members, or to deliver those services or supplies to others (for example, food, pet supply, and any other household consumer products, and products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences).
  • Go to work at an Essential Business (as defined in the Order) or work from home at a non-essential business.
  • Care for a family member or pet in another household.
  • Engage in outdoor activity, provided the individuals comply with social distancing requirements of six feet (for example, walking, biking, hiking, or running).

How do I prove that I am allowed to be outside?

At this time there is no requirement of proof that you are allowed to be outside your residence because the order presumes that citizens will adhere to their civic duty and follow the order for the greater good of the community.

What about childcare?

  • Only for employees of essential businesses who are exempted from the Order.
  • Must be carried out in stable groups of 10 or fewer each day.
  • No interchanging of groups of children.
  • More than one group is at a facility, then each group must be in a separate room (no mixing of groups).
  • Each provider must stay with only one group and not change.

Can I use ride share or on-demand service or a taxi?

  • Yes, but only for essential travel.
  • Do your best to take social distancing precautions: cover your mouth and nose if you cough or sneeze, use hand sanitizer, and wash your hands before and after rides, etc.


What is still open?

  • Government Services: police stations; fire stations; hospitals/clinics and healthcare operations; jails; courts; garbage/sanitation; transportation; and utilities (water, power and gas).
  • Critical Infrastructure: Public works construction, residential and commercial construction, airport operations, solid waste collection, internet and telecommunications systems, defense and national security-related operations,
  • Healthcare Facilities: hospitals; clinics; dentists; chiropractor offices; optometry offices; pharmacies; healthcare suppliers; mental health 2 providers; substance abuse service providers; blood banks; and any other healthcare facility.
  • Food: Grocery stores; food banks; convenience stores; gas stations; and take-out, drive-through, and delivery restaurants.
  • Schools: Public and private educational institutions, only for the purposes of facilitating distance learning or performing essential functions.
  • Maintenance Services: Hardware stores, plumbers, electricians, cleaning services, and others who provide services necessary for maintaining the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences and essential businesses.
  • Animal Services: veterinary care; pet food and supply stores; grooming if necessary for the health of the animal; pet daycare, but only for employees of essential businesses.
  • Financial Institutions and and related services: Depository lenders, such as banks and credit unions can operate. Payroll services can also continue to operate.
  • Other Essential Facilities: Laundromats/laundry services; gas stations; hotels, motels, shared rentals, and similar facilities.
  • Cemeteries and funeral services.

Still have questions?

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