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With spike in virus cases, El Paso delays reopening of zoo, museums, city facilities

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EL PASO, Texas -- After seeing a record number of virus hospitalizations and new cases on Sunday, the city of El Paso announced it would delay the reopening of several "quality of life" services.

“The health, safety and well-being of our community and the city’s workforce remains top priority,” wrote Mayor Dee Margo in a statement issued Sunday evening, so "reopening these services would not be responsible at this time.”

The following city facilities and services will remain closed:

  • The El Paso Zoo
  • Botanical Gardens
  • City museums
  • Recreation centers
  • Spray parks
  • Library branches

These locations were originally scheduled to open July 1, but the city will now keep them closed. The mayor said city officials will monitor the trend of local virus cases with the El Paso Department of Public Health to determine when the facilities can safely reopen.

"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," Margo said.

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Kate Bieri

Kate Bieri is ABC-7’s New Mexico Mobile Newsroom reporter and co-anchors ABC-7’s weekend evening newscasts.



    1. Absolute true. Just go to the Fountains and Cielo Vista on weekends. People are getting out almost as before all this. All the orders to stay at home has ran its course. Governments are only hurting they’re own revenues (although they are personally still getting paid) and business revenues. And yet after all the mandate precautions and shutdown for months the virus still spreads. They will not stop it, it will have to stop itself. Too bad they made all the wrong decisions that ruined peoples financial lives.

  1. The old farts are at risk. I’m ok with that. K1DPR, Jeff Allen, Gee dubb, madmike, bigoof. Takers of the system. BYE. Particularly the caca magas. Wearing a red maga hat? Equivalent to a DNR.

  2. All trumpmensos will wait for trump for help. He’ll come for you. The draft dodger supporters will wait…….and wait…….and wait. Aaaaamd waaaait. Lol. And wait.

  3. Meanwhile trump golfing. But go ahead and wait trump morons. Lol. EVERY 5 seconds a fool is born. Many retardicans born in the last 30 seconds.

  4. Reason why the Zoo will remain closed is to protect the animals from getting infected by all Trump supporters who won’t wear a Mask. Oh, snap! The Trumpies say they have a Constitutional right not to wear a mask. Next Trumpies will saying it’s their right to go to Bars and get drunk, their right to be fat, their right to be racist, their right to shoot people with machine guns because, they’ll say…..its in the Constitution!

  5. Who needs a zoo when Ferocious2A turns KVIA.COM into a circus. He is a wild boar who shouldn’t be fed because he’s dangerous. Moron Labe is always seeing red.

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