Hoping to avoid a repeat of previous holidays and 3-day weekends since the pandemic started, city, county and health officials are urging El Pasoans to be mindful of the situation the community is in heading into the Labor Day holiday weekend.

During a virtual press conference held on Thursday (9/3) to brief everyone on the current state of affairs, Mayor Dee Margo brought up all the recent past surges. “Every time we have had a holiday, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, we have had spikes in positives because of the lack of discipline with family gatherings,” Margo said. "It is imperative to stay home if you don't need to go out, [and] please avoid going to Mexico unless you really have to."

County Judge Ricardo Samaniego echoed the mayor's fears of a potential repeat, adding, "We do not need another surge and the potential for the surge always happens during one of these holidays.”

Officials urged El Pasoans to consider all state and local health orders before electing to throw backyard BBQs or attending a house party, family gathering or large social gathering, as well as to continue practicing social distancing and wearing face coverings.

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