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El Paso reluctantly lifts stay-at-home home order amid more virus deaths, rising cases

EL PASO, Texas -- El Paso city and county officials announced two new coronavirus deaths and 28 more cases on Tuesday evening while reluctantly lifting the "stay home, work safe" order as of Friday to comply with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's directives to start reopening the state.

While the city/county stay-at-home order will be lifted, local officials still strongly encouraged people to stay home except for essential activities and practice social distancing and utilize face coverings if they must go out.

The latest virus deaths reported Tuesday evening, a man in his 50s and a woman in her 70s, brought the fatality count in El Paso to 14. The number of confirmed cases rose to 857.

Abbott, in his executive order issued Monday, will allow businesses like retail stores, malls, restaurants and theaters to reopen this Friday with occupancy limited to 25%.

While museums and libraries could also open under the governor's directive, the city has decided not to reopen those at this time.

Churches may also reopen per the governor, but Bishop Mark Seitz has told officials that El Paso's Catholic churches will remain closed for now.

With Abbott's order superseding local orders, face coverings will no longer be mandatory for everyone as of Friday, but they do remain highly recommended. That said, workers at essential businesses - such as restaurants - will be required to wear face masks as a condition of reopening.

Here's the new El Paso city/county amended directive issued Tuesday evening...

Stay Home, Work Safe Order Lifted May 1

  • ·        Consistent with state and national recommendations, El Pasoans are strongly urged to stay at home if they can, and continue to exercise social distancing, proper hygiene and use face coverings.

o   Social gatherings continue to be strongly discouraged.

o   People over the age of 65 or considered part of a vulnerable population are strongly encouraged to continue to remain at home and limit contact as much as possible with persons from outside their immediate household.

  • ·        Businesses

o   Essential businesses which have been operating will be allowed to continue to operate with the safety protocols already in place.

o   Retail-to-Go businesses which have been operating will be allowed to continue to operate with the safety protocols already in place.

o   Additional businesses, including restaurants, retail stores, malls and movie theaters, will be allowed to open with certain restrictions:

§  Operate at 25% total listed occupancy only.

§  Operate with the same safety protocols in place for essential businesses and Retail-to-Go businesses.

§  Face coverings are required for all employees while working at essential businesses, Retail-to-Go operations or the newly reopened businesses allowed to operate at 25% capacity.

  • ·        Golf courses and private tennis courts will be open and fishing will be allowed with safety protocols in place.

o   Tennis courts at private facilities may be utilized following the Local Health Authority’s Order or guidance.

  • ·        City of El Paso parks will remain closed except for walking on designated walking paths.

o   Public park playgrounds, tennis courts and basketball courts will remain closed.

o   Playgrounds will remain closed.

  • ·        City of El Paso museums and libraries will remain closed.
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Jim Parker

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          1. We know who you are. Let’s see: Neonazi, brainwashed, racist, junior high school drop-out, mama’s boy, redneck, Trump voter, wanker, dummy, bigot, Trump voter, oops, I already said that, ignorant, low-esteem, Trump voter,etc,etc, no end to your stupidity.

      1. Feo and ,Alberto broke up a long time ago, but Feo still misses him..Can’t get him out of his head so he posts about him all the time hoping Alberto will take him back. Soooooo sad.

        1. This comes after Governor Greg Abbott held a press conference Monday discussing Executive Order (GA-18).
          In that order it states: “Individuals are encouraged to wear appropriate face coverings, but no jurisdiction can impose a civil or criminal penalty for failure to wear a face covering.”

        2. Evan Andrews. “Luddite” is now a blanket term used to describe people who dislike new technology, but its origins date back to an early 19th-century labor movement that railed against the ways that mechanized manufactures and their unskilled laborers undermined the skilled craftsmen of the day

          1. Wow, Feo. You must have graduated from Trump University to know all those useless facts. How much did Daddy Trump soak you for?

        3. Obviously you are. Alberto is a luddlite. But he will always be a moronite aka a dolt. BTW – Alberto impersonating a white guy……….PRICELESS!

    1. Way a second K1DPR. Aren’t you one of the dummies promoting open Texas? No face masks? Go out! Please. You are 70 and a perfect candidate for getting you off the government payroll.

      1. This comes after Governor Greg Abbott held a press conference Monday discussing Executive Order (GA-18).
        In that order it states: “Individuals are encouraged to wear appropriate face coverings, but no jurisdiction can impose a civil or criminal penalty for failure to wear a face covering.”

  1. We all need to ignore this Trumpite lessening of restrictions and stay at home, use face masks, wash hands regularly, and observe strict distancing. Our lives depend on it and will until next spring if we’re lucky.

    1. The CDC has revealed that more than 80,000 Americans died from the seasonal flu last year, and hospitalized more than 900,000. And no shutdowns. You stay inside and hide of you like, I have to go to work anyway, girly-man

  2. Bottom line: abbot and trump willing to kill people to save economy. Don’t believe a word they say and stay home. Wear masks! Wash your hands. Stay away from the madmike mucho machos walking around without masks.

  3. Trump is a deflector. That’s all he is. A stupid deflector who is not a straight up man. Cut him off when he’s on TV, all that comes out of his Va Jay Jay mouth is garbage. Twisted words. Screw him and his moron followers.

    1. Yes, we have white trash (Trumpites) and regular white people who are decent Americans with morals influenced by proper educations and who also have respect for all people no matter where they were born.

      1. So “regular” white people who are educated AREN’T Trump supporters? Only “White trash” supports Trump. Is that what you are saying? I have 3 degrees and make over $100K. Every one I know is the same. We all support Trump. It’s the HARD working people of America who support Trump not the free loaders. We like being held accountable and working for what we earn.

        1. Three degrees in what? Basket weaving, Vista College Underwater Mess Kit Repairman, and Trump University Degree in Tire Inflation Procedures. Must have graduated Mensa Cum Laude.

    2. I think they all went to The Hitler Trump Mussolini Academy together been friends ever since. They drive to the Georgia backwoods once a year for a midnight torch lighting ceremony, dance around in white robes until dawn and then drive back to El Paso. Why don’t you just stay there with your own.

  4. Cinemark has already announced they’re not opening yet. There’s no new movies coming out and everything that was in the theaters when the closures hit have already been released to streaming services. Malls may actually get a boost but they’re a dying breed anyway. Golf courses should’ve never closed. I’m more anxious to see what happens in reference to openings in a couple weeks.

    1. Steve, I know you are a big sports fan. I hear about you on Sports Talk every now and again. I’d like to hear your thoughts on professional sports getting started again. At least from a practice stand point.

    1. Oye, Enojon Mike. If you don’t like living in El Paso pack your s**t and leave. Nobody’s stopping you. You know that El Paso is Democrat country, don’t you. Will never vote for El Trompudo.

      1. First chance I get I’m outta here. 5 years until I can retire. Then I’m heading to Montana or North Dakota. Somewhere with Blue Skies, open spaces, and more antelope, buffalo and/or deer than people.

        1. No! Please don’t go. On the other hand please go get some fresh air and blue skies maybe that way you can clear your mind and see how dangerous you boy Trompudo is and quit backing him.

          1. He is only dangerous to those who hate America. The rest of us are in great hands. This President is the greatest of all time. Nothing will change my mind, especially some uneducated sap like you. I spend plenty of time in the mountain already. I stay up late and look at the stars and think of how lucky we are to have a President who actually cares about not only America but AMERICANS. My mind is perfectly clear.

  5. 0h, my. You are in love with him!! Don’t let Melania catch you. Greatest of all time, everybody. Greater than Washington, greater than FDR, greater than Eisenhower, greater than Kennedy, greater than REAGAN! Wow. You are far more gone than I thought. Poor Girl. Reagan did, actually made America great, not again,but great. He was a real American President, not a Jester dressed as King like El Menso, Trompudo. Wow!!

    1. Reagan is definitely right there with him from a policy stand point but Reagan didn’t endure HALF the harassment and unfairness that Trump deals with daily and Reagan didn’t have to deal with a Liberal, biased media whose only goal is to destroy this President at all costs even it means siding with Communists.

  6. You’re not alone on your good thinking MAGA. History will tell how great this president is. There will always be useful idiots like alberto, ux2, 1946. That bunch couldn’t hold one intelligible thought together if they tried. Their mantra is hate, hate and hate some more. They are proven wrong with the first letter they type on this site. Their ignorance is open for all to see. Keep the faith my friend.

    1. I’m telling you. The ONLY reason I started replying to any of these posts is because I was afraid that people would actually believe these idiots and felt I had an obligation to provide a counter argument so people can make better decisions. I didn’t realize at the time how easy it would be. These people (or this person) never post a well thought out, reasonable, factual response. I never expected them to bring a toothpick to a gun fight day after day!!!

      1. Lame metaphor! Bring a toothpick to a gunfight? Best you can do with your useless degrees. Please grace me with an answer your highness. Do you have a self-image of supremacy or authority, an overly high opinion of yourself? How about boastful claims not backed up by reality. You, Lady have what Psychiatrist’s call:Superiority Complex. Trump has done terrific job to make you think like him Pobrecita!

        1. Tell your minions yelling maga,maga,maga that no one is being MEAN. Facts are facts. EL TROMPUDO can’t keep a functioning Cabinet for more than 6 months. After they try to advise EL MENSO on any matter regarding the advancement and well being of the people’s government, they’re out of there because your boy won’t listen to anybody,except his GUT feeling. He just sits there with arms crossed and pouts. No–Im right and you’re not. But, Mr President. NO YOU’RE FIRED!

          1. TDS too much? You’re funny. Good to see Alberto’s aka Ux2ydrna TDS getting worse and worse every day. Come November when President Trump wins the election he’ll have to check into the El Paso Psych Center. Too bad there is no cure for TDS just like there is no cure for Alberto’s chronic insomnia.

        2. No not at all. There are a LOT of people who are a lot smarter than I am. A lot better than I am at a lot of things. Your just not one of them.

          1. Ok, Einstein. Roger and out. Stay strong, El Paso. And remember a Lie is a Lie, even if it is repeated a thousand times. PEACE OUT.

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