On March 2, 2021 Governor Greg Abbot announced the end to Texas’ statewide mask mandate on March 10th, allowing all businesses to operate at full capacity. Shortly thereafter, officials with the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (EPHCC) decided to survey their members to gauge their response and feelings.
Officials share that the survey was sent to 1,500 members.
“We are recommending that our businesses do what is right and thoughtful to protect their employees, their customers, their supply chains and themselves.” said Cindy Ramos-Davidson, CEO of the El Paso Hispanic Chamber.
When asked at what capacity will you operate your business as of March 10th, 45% of businesses stated they would remain at 50% while 45% of businesses stated they would open at 100%.
Most respondents agreed with local elected officials pledge to limit business capacity if the 15% hospitalization threshold is exceed for more than 7 days, with 71% of respondents agreeing and 29% of respondents disagreeing.
When asked how these changes in capacity would affect their business, 52% of respondents will modify their hours of operation, 48% of respondents will change their number of employees, and 44% of respondents will make changes in supply chain.
Businesses in our community will also maintain pandemic safety measures, with 51% of respondents reporting that masks and social distancing will still be required, 30% of respondents maintaining limited capacity, and 60% of respondents enforcing both.
Only 6% of respondents stated none of the above.
When asked if they believe that the timing of this reopening will lead to a new surge in COVID-19 cases, 63% of respondents said yes, 17% of respondents said no.
Some respondents specified that the bulk of spread would occur from family gatherings while others were unsure but believed that the downward case trend and the vaccine gave hope of no new surge.
When asked what effects the Governor’s order would have on neighboring cities such as Las Cruces and Ciudad Juarez, some respondents stated that they believe that it will cause division and confusion in communities.
Others believe that no material changes should be expected, though it is likely that given the more restrictive nature of the government orders imposed in New Mexico, it may result in a heightened reaction of increased restriction.
For more information on the EPHCC, members and this survey, visit their website by clicking here.