EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — Mayor Dee Margo amended the City’s Emergency Directive Saturday afternoon, allowing restaurants to operate past 10 p.m. in accordance with Governor Abbott’s Order.

“In light of the Texas Supreme Court’s Order against the City of Austin and Travis County, and the amended pleadings filed against the County of El Paso by the Texas Attorney General, I have rescinded the order closing restaurants at 10:00pm for dine-in service,” said Mayor Dee Margo.

Mayor Margo went on to say, “Our active cases, hospitalizations, and TSA rate have continued to decline but, we must all continue to wear face coverings and maintain social distancing to avoid a surge in cases, especially while we are in the process of distributing the vaccine.” 

The directive would, in effect, allow bars that have partnered with food trucks or opened kitchens to operate until the food trucks close or at 2 a.m., whichever comes first.

As for the county’s curfew in effect until January 4th, El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego tells KTSM it still stands. However, he says people can go out to restaurants later than 10 p.m.

“The curfew was not focused at you being at an essential or non-essential business so when there was curbside or you could go through the drive-through you could go. And now you can actually go to the restaurant, what we’re discouraging is any social or recreational congregation,” said El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego.

As for the lawsuit, Samaniego says that El Paso got caught up in a fight that was between the state and the City of Austin and Travis County.

“We got caught up in it because he had not said anything for over two months you know that we had these restrictions. So the curfew is very different it’s not in conflict and it will be over by Monday morning by five in the morning so there’s not going to be conflict from that perspective,” said Samaniego.

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