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City to amend local Emergency Directive on Face Masks; Face masks highly encouraged, not mandated

In accordance with Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Order No. 36 (GA-36), and in coordination with its Department of Public Health and Office of Emergency Management, the City of El Paso, officials announced that they will amend the City’s Local Emergency Directive.

“We are seeing encouraging downward trends in hospitalizations and active cases; however, we also continue reporting new COVID-19 cases and deaths, indicating that the virus continues to be very active in our community,” said City-County Local Health Authority Dr. Hector Ocaranza.

“Vaccination continues to be an integral part of our pandemic response and we urge people to get vaccinated if they have not yet done so; we do not want to lose any ground as we work to reach herd immunity. We urge everyone to continue practicing health and safety guidelines by washing your hands, watching your distance and continue wearing your face mask when you are in public spaces.”

The Directive will be amended to remove the prior requirement of face masks when entering governmental facilities.

City and County leaders and City Health Officials continue to advise the public that, while the restrictions on wearing face masks is lifted, the public is strongly encouraged to continue wearing a face cover and practicing health and safety protocols including getting vaccinated and washing hands often, until our community reaches herd immunity.

Exempt from Governor Abbott’s Executive Order are state-supported living centers, government-owned or operated hospitals, Texas Department of Criminal Justice facilities, Texas Juvenile Justice Department facilities, and county and municipal jails.

For more COVID-19 information, visit EPStrong.org; or for information on vaccination sites, visit EPCovidVaccine.com. View Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Order here.