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El Paso County Judge Samaniego orders 10 p.m to 5 a.m. curfew due to Covid-19 crisis

EL PASO, Texas -- El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego on Sunday afternoon ordered a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew daily due to El Paso's coronavirus crisis.

The curfew will be in effect for both the county and city starting Sunday night and continuing for two weeks. Law enforcement agencies will enforce the curfew along with the face mask requirement and other mandates, he said.

The judge said El Paso's sheriff, police chief and constables had all been directed to enforce the orders, which he indicated has the support of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

The one exception to the curfew is for those engaged in work involving essential services, Samaniego said. He also indicated that business not following existing health guidelines face the prospect of being shut down by authorities.

School districts have been advised they should postpone high school football and other sports events for the next two weeks, Samaniego said.

The judge made his announcements at a news conference where he declared that "all hospitals have reached capacity." (You can watch the news conference in the video player at the end of this article. It begins about 13 minutes into the recording.)

Earlier Sunday, El Paso topped 11,000 active virus cases as local hospitals experienced a 300% increase in patients.

Officials have also announced that the El Paso Convention Center will be converted into a makeshift hospital, with the federal government also sending aid.

Also this weekend, there was a state request made to use the old William Beaumont Army hospital to house non-Covid patients - and there was a plan put into place by local hospitals to airlift some patients to hospitals elsewhere in the state due to the lack of bed space.




  1. Let’s see how much leeway the cops have in enforcing an unlawful curfew. What about people who work, they’re gonna have to pull over and prove where they work? They’ll have to have certain papers to be out after dark? You can’t stop people from visiting eachother no matter what time, it’s for nothing and will accomplish nothing. You can’t get put in jail and if you refuse to pull over they’re not supposed to pursue you

      1. Nadodave is comparing this to Nazi Germany? lol talk about one of the most stupid comments ever made here. Nadodave you sound ridiculous. It’s best you stay quiet boo.

          1. Never been in a prison law library. Just in the one at the UT School of Law. You still don’t get it do you, moron?

          2. Top 1%, lawyer, farmer, own a Tesla, pay more taxes than anyone else? What other lies you dreaming up? What a nitwit! The real Mark Turner in Illinois should sue your fat ass.

      2. You stupid MFer. Comparing this to Nazis? Read up on the Holocaust then apologize for being so stupid. You insult the millions of Jews and others who died at their hands. Man, there’s some uneducated MFers that post here.

          1. Although I must say, the Nazi regime did kinda start this way. We aren’t there yet but if Biden stills the election we are definitely heading in that direction.

        1. Not true and fake news. Watch the movie Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984) or read the book. It is a dystopian novel by George Orwell about the excesses of totalitarian regimes and especially of Stalinist communism. Right up your alley.

      1. You are always happy with your hatred. You’re not real so you are worse than an animal. BTW – It was a sarcastic comment directed at you and rope your dope. It worked. You’re a total moron.

    1. All of those things have never worked. And still won’t. It’s not about health issues and the pandemic. It’s about control. The demoKKKrats smell blood in the water and they will stop at nothing to take advantage of the situation. That’s what liberal hacks do. Just ask comadre turner. She is one of them.

      1. At least until the day after the election. COVID19 will be put on the backburner. Then all the leftist media will be talking about is getting rid of the electoral college and trying to figure out how Biden lost. JO HO 2020 is a total trainwreck.

        1. Nope. EP hospitals and other hospitals in the nation will be near max capacity long after Election Day. That’s because morons like you follow guidance from a guy with no medical experience over a doctor with decades of experience with infectious diseases. People wear masks at Albertsons, but they’re not when hosting Cowboys watch parties or Quinces. Then again, people like you think Trump is an economic genius even though he we bankrupt owning a casino.

          1. It’s Steve the moron with extreme TDS. The same moron quack doctor that said masks weren’t needed as far back in March, OK to Snapchat Tinder date, OK to go on a cruise or movie theater. You’re an effing idiot. Unlike you hypocrite I must be doing something right with COVIS19 mitigation. No family, friends or other associates infected or have died compared to you. I’ll bet you caught the COVID19 that why you are so effed up in your head. Carry on moron and GFY!

  2. I guess we have a new Mayor and city council to dictate what the citizens didn’t vote for. I wonder what law in the CONSTITUTION he is following I wonder. And comadre turner thinks this is the right way to run a country. Well maybe in china but not here.

      1. Who’s we? It’s obvious you’re the only uneducated white trailer park trash here. The fossil fool supporter. Looking forward to your meltdown in 9 days.

      2. Biden says in video he has created ‘voter fraud organization’ Democratic nominee Joe Biden said his team has created “the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics” in a recent video. “We have put together, I think, the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics,” Biden said in the video.

    1. glad you agree but it’s not a “meaninglessness gesture” it’s a power play. The only reason to do something like this is….power. Everyone who can think for themselves agrees with you, it does absolutely nothing to stop covid

    1. What y’all barking about? Yo ass goes to bed at 9. Wake up at 6 talking shit everyday! How is it going to affect you? Exactly. Hush and stfu!

    1. Jcg says, your puta sisters working in strip clubs kissing and coddling everyone is a super spreader. Just in case no one wants to review why late night activities are super spreaders. Any questions?

  3. The curfew doesn’t effect my or my wife, we both have memo’s from the Garrison Commander stating that we are considered essential, and I have one from U.S. Attorney General Barr, which is valid nation-wide stating everyone on my agency is considered essential.

    1. madmike you are the most NON-essential person in El Paso. Only place you’re going is to Walmart. Garrison commander and AG my ass. What are you some kind of idiot?

      1. No convict, but you are. My office is co-located on Fort Bliss, and unlike you, I have federal credentials. You spent your prison time in the law library, like most jail house lawyers. You are indeed Mark Turner, YOB: 1946, spent time in three state prisons for being a child-sex preditor.

      2. A woman who says she was a victim of a notorious child sex offender is fighting to keep him from being removed from the state’s highest supervision program.

        Rhonda Kuykendall was notified by letter Monday that Mark Philip Turner, 72, is eligible for removal from the Super-Intensive Supervision Program, or SISP.

        Turner has been convicted of four child sex crimes in three states. In Texas, he has been out on parole since 2015 and living in a halfway house in El Paso under SISP, the state’s highest level of supervision. As part of the program, he is required to wear a real-time GPS monitor at all times. If he is removed from the program, Kuykendall fears he may come after her.

      3. Yes convict, I do have a retired military IS, DOJ creds and two memos stating we are mission essential, you have parole papers and an ankle monitor. And I never go to Walmart unless I absolutele have to.

        1. You don’t have a damn thing. You can’t even figure out who you’re talking to idiot. You still confuse me with one of the other Mark Turners. You’re an idiot with no credentials other than a drivers license.

          1. It’s that nitwit markturner talking shit again. Name the Walmart so I can beat the shit out of you. Andale pendejo.

        1. Gods go back to ancient times moron. Check out ancient Sumerian history for example. Only atheists like you deny there are Gods. You are a blasphemer. Karma will be a bitch for you. You are an idiot climate change believer. You make Al Gore proud.

          1. AV the low information Retard strikes again! There’s a clear distinction between gods and God. Before Jesus Christ the one and only Deity recognized by major religions there were gods of rain, winter, rock slides, corn, and whatever else they the ancient people decided was a god. Acorn hit them in the head falling from a tree? Tree god must be mad at me. Ridiculous,right? I know you probably dropped out of junior college, but that’s no excuse. Do some reading instead of just posting dumb shit.

          2. Defending markturner? He taking a short break? You’re both full of crap. Living in the same head must suck.

  4. As far as the Curfew goes, Judge Samaniego is no Hitler. He is just simply trying to stop the Party People or the family celebrations that are out of control. Judge knows Restaurants and Bars are not following the rules. These places get around the rules somehow and contribute to the mess we’re in because the clientele they have usually come out after 10pm and party like there’s no virus around. Sorry people, if you are not following the Covid19 containment rules, then you’ll be treated like children who must be in by 10pm or get punished.

  5. AV reading the Old Testament? Looks like it had no effect on him. Still an old supporter of a Pussy grabbing, Racist, Cynical guy named Trump. Talk about a Total Hypocrite. Where in the old Testament does it tell you to believe in an Imbecile, sex fiend like Trump??

  6. Books like the Bible and the Koran were written by men. These men were superstitious and made up gods to explain things they didn’t understand.

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