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Scenic Drive, Red Sands shut down to prevent group gatherings that may spread virus

A road closed sign and gates are erected along El Paso's Scenic Drive, closing it to the public.

EL PASO, Texas -- Authorities have shut down El Paso's Scenic Drive as well the Red Sands area to the public as of this weekend in the hopes of preventing group gatherings that could contribute to the spread of coronavirus.

"Effective immediately, Scenic Drive will be closed to both vehicle and pedestrian traffic to reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19," said a statement issued by the City of El Paso.

"The closure will remain in place until further notice and is intended to prevent the public from gathering along the winding road’s lookout spots and park," city officials said in the statement.

Meantime, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said it was "closing and actively patrolling" Red Sands, the desert area behind the Socorro Athletic Complex.

Sheriff's officials said the public is not allowed to frequent the Red Sands area and added that violators could face a misdemeanor charge resulting in a fine or jail time.

The shutting down of both Scenic Drive and Red Sands is a result of the recent city and county "stay home" orders that prohibit public gatherings of any size at recreational areas.

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Jim Parker

Jim Parker is the Director of Digital Content for ABC-7.



  1. I live (unfortunately) across the street from a convenience store and it amazes and infuriates me to see children of unknowing and uncaring parents running around and going to that store! This is insane behavior and half the time these kids are going ALONE!

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