• January 28, 2022

City Officials: Residents need to celebrate the Holiday virtually

On the eve of Thanksgiving, city officials are urging the community to stay home and not gather with loved ones who don’t live in the same household.

“We want to again remind the community to keep our families safe this holiday,” said Dr. Hector Ocaranza, City-County Local Health Authority.

“Thursday is typically a day to gather and celebrate with our immediate and extended families and friends, but we must remember that being in close contact and in closed settings with others not from the same household places you and them in danger of getting COVID-19. Remember that seniors and individuals with underlying health conditions are at greater risk of contracting this deadly virus. Don’t gather with people that are not living in the same home, instead be creative in the ways you can celebrate with others, virtually but still together.”

Residents are encouraged to report non-compliance by calling the El Paso Police Department non-emergency at (915) 832-4400. 

Any violation to the amended Emergency Directive will be issued a Class C Misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $500. Anyone with questions about the local directive can call 3-1-1.

The public is also reminded that the County of El Paso has imposed a curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. though 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, that does include the City of El Paso.

The City of El Paso’s Department of Public Health has issued Guidance for the Thanksgiving Holiday and Guidance for Safe Shopping, both of which can be found at EPStrong.org.

Infected persons with little to no symptoms can still spread the virus to others and the people they spread it to may become seriously ill or even die, especially if the person is one of our most vulnerable residents such as our seniors, people with underlying health conditions and those who are immunocompromised.

For more COVID-19 information to include testing, data and prevention, visit EPStrong.org.

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