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El Paso’s Five Points is part of pilot program encouraging outdoor spaces

EL PASO, Texas -- If you drive through El Paso's Five Points Entertainment District, you might notice some orange barricades and trees on the street, these are part of a pilot program being run by the city called 'Sun City Safe.'

"I think it's the perfect time," said Christina Munoz, owner of Joe Vinny and Bronson's. "To give that seating to people in the fresh air now that we're starting to get out more."

The program promotes the safe operations of businesses during the pandemic as well as offers a relief from quarantine stress with outdoor spaces.

"This is a hundred year old building," said Noel Jimenez, owner of Coconuts Bar & Grill. "We're really limited on space so this kind of increases business."

The program also provides the potential of things to come.

"It's an opportunity to take advantage of what a permanent model could look like here in Five Points," Munoz said.

Before they commit to something permanent, the city of El Paso is using the program to see if it will impact traffic or cause any other issues.

"It's better that we do this now as a mockup and find out if it works and if there are any kinks that we can try to work," Munoz said.

Click here to learn more about the 'Sun City Safe' pilot program.

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