First Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo COVID-19 case reported, curfew and travel ban in place

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EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – The Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo has reported its first COVID-19 case and the Tribal Council is invoking an immediate curfew and travel ban.

The travel ban prohibits residents from traveling outside of the El Paso area and the curfew, which will go into effect Wednesday night, is from 10 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. daily.

“The Tribal Council appreciates your patience and understanding as these mitigation efforts are meant to keep the YDSP community safe,” an advisory posted on Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo website. “The Pueblo continues to observe the Stay Home, Work Safe order currently in place for El Paso and has also extended its government closure to May 17th.”

Tribal Fire and Police personnel will continue to have community checkpoints to ensure compliance with the new rules, the advisory said. Both visitors and residents will be screened for temperatures and interviewed before they can enter the residential area. Depending on the situation, they may be advised to self-isolate for 14 days or be denied entrance.

The Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo website also said the following directives will remain in effect until further notice:

  • Tribal Members are only to go out for essential activities and must only send one person in the household to carry out those essential activities such as grocery shopping or picking up medicines.
  • One of those new recommendations for Tribal Members is to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance that ask the public to consider wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies).
  • Cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • All individuals living within Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Districts I & II are directed to stay at home or at their place of residence unless they are performing essential duties, working in an essential business, government, etc. Public and Private gatherings of any number of people are prohibited.
  • CONTACT TRIBAL COMMUNICATIONS AT (915) 860-9653 WITH KNOWLEDGE OF ANY TRIBAL RESIDENT IN DISTRICT I OR DISTRICT II THAT HAS TRAVELED OUTSIDE the El Paso area any time since March 23rd and has recently returned. Also report any visitors that you may be expecting from outside the El Paso area.
  • Any public or private gatherings at any recreational area, park, pool or recreational facility is prohibited.
  • Tribal members are discouraged from posting any social media messages with false information aboutCOVID-19 cases. These postings may be considered disorderly conduct violations and individuals will be cited.

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