It's no secret that El Paso is in the middle of a terrifying spike in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations. Because of those spikes, El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego and Mayor Dee Margo have put restrictions into place to try and slow down the spread. Because of the reduction in capacity limits for retail outlets and restaurants, a lot of businesses are deciding to wait out the two-week window of restrictions by shutting down completely.

The owners of Rubiks Bar and Arcade, Salt and Honey Bakery Cafe, Kiki's restaurant announced that they will be closing their doors for a couple of weeks to keep their employees and customers safe.

Zino's Greek restaurant announced that they will only be doing take-out orders and not allowing anyone to sit inside their restaurant.

The Starbucks I hit up on my way home on Mesa is also taking precautions and will only be open for grab and go orders.

Restaurants aren't the only entities that are taking extreme measures during this COVID-19 spike. Because of the new restrictions against outdoor gatherings of more than 10 people, the 915 Pop Up Market has canceled their upcoming markets for the time being. A local bookstore, Books are Gems, also posted on their social media that they will be closed for two weeks.

It's good to see that business owners are taking the initiative to keep people safe, but we also need to remember that these businesses will need our help to bounce back after their two week hiatus. When they do reopen, order takeout and limit the amount of time you spend inside their establishments to keep them as protected as possible. We love our local businesses here at KISS FM and we want them to be around for years to come, but to do that, we will need to reopen in a smart way so we don't have to keep shutting down.