Bars and restaurants have been open for a couple of weeks during the reopening of the Texas economy, but it turns out that hasn't been good news for the spread of COVID-19 in the El Paso area. With triple digit reports of positive COVID-19 cases and the number of people in intensive care units, our local elected officials seem to be putting the brakes on reopening the economy.

City officials released this statement about what is and isn't going to be reopening in the near future. I'm including the whole release because it is pretty clear in the language, El Paso officials are worried about the way the COVID-19 outbreak is going in our city and county:

"Due to a surge in COVID-19 infections, the City of El Paso has decided to postpone the reopening of Quality of Life facilities and services as a precaution for the health and safety of our community and the City’s workforce.
The triple-digit spikes in COVID-19 cases announced by the Department of Public Health over the last several days has forced the City to postpone the reopening of services that include the El Paso Zoo and Botanical Gardens, City museums, recreation centers, spray parks and library branches. The City had scheduled to reopen the facilities on July 1 but has decided to keep them closed.
“The health, safety and well-being of our community and the City’s workforce remains top priority,” said Mayor Dee Margo. “With recent data showing a rise COVID-19 cases, with spikes of more than 200 new cases on two occasions in the last few days, reopening these services would not be responsible at this time.”
The City will continue to work closely with the Department of Public Health to determine when Quality of Life Services can safely reopen to the community.
Now more than ever, public health experts urge everyone to stay home as much as possible, practice good hand hygiene and if you must be out in public, practice social distancing and wear a face covering."

Please wear your masks. Please stay home if you can. Please socially distance and please don't hold mass gatherings. We won't see the end of this until we take care of ourselves and others around us.

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