The Office of Emergency Management, the Department of Public Health and City of El Paso urge the public to keep fathers and the most vulnerable safe by celebrating Father’s Day weekend in a safe and responsible manner to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The COVID-19 virus is still being transmitted in our community. As businesses begin to open, more residents are expected to begin socializing with others who do not live in the same household.
Officials urge the community to limit their outings and take health precautions in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.
“We know our community is very family oriented and want to spend time together, especially during key celebrations such as Father’s Day, but we must be sensible in our approach because this virus is still circulating in our City,” said City-County Local Health Authority Dr. Hector Ocaranza. “We most protect our most vulnerable residents and loved ones, such as our fathers and grandfathers, by continuing to practice social distancing, frequently washing our hands with soap and water, and wearing a face covering.”
Household gatherings are still not allowed; however, here are some suggestions to celebrate safely with family:
- Celebrate virtually — Use technology like FaceTime, Zoom or Skype to enjoy conversations over a meal together, particularly if you are celebrating with family members over the age of 65 or who are immune compromised and have underlying conditions.
- Dine alfresco – Picnic in the backyard and maintain social distancing. Set up blankets or tables for those who live in the same household 6 feet from others. Consider purchasing To-Go meals from a locally owned restaurant to reduce contact.
Father’s Day weekend is one of the busiest for gatherings, especially at City Parks. If a park or restaurant outing is planned, limit the size of people to only your household and reduce the length of time of the gathering.
The more people you have spending time together in close proximity, even in the outdoors, increases the risk of exposure.
Although parks, trails and hiking trails have opened, visitors should continue to observe practices that protect everyone. Avoid social gatherings in groups larger than 10, maintain 6 feet of social distancing from other households, wear a face covering and washing your hands frequently.
For more information about COVID-19, visit www.epstrong.org.