EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – While the rest of Texas moves forward to open businesses more, El Paso is among the counties that have been granted an exception due to the number of COVID-19 cases.
Resturants can open at 50% capacity on Friday and bars can open at 25%. However, El Paso restaurants and bars will have to wait until May 29.
“Certain counties experiencing surges in COVID-19 cases will have their beginning date of Phase II delayed until May 29. These counties include El Paso, Randall, Potter, Moore, and Deaf Smith,” a news release said.
Last week, local leaders asked Gov. Greg Abbott to grant El Paso an exception.
Texas Counties other than El Paso
With the exception of the five counties Governor Abbott outlined in his Monday press conference, many of the state’s services can begin opening as son as Monday, May 18 (today).
Monday May 18
- Child Care Centers
- Massage and Personal-Care Centers
- Youth Clubs
Friday, May 22
- Rodeo and Equestrian Events
- Bowling Alleys, Bingo Halls, Simulcast Racing, and Skating Rinks
- Bars (25%)
- Restaurants (50%)
- Aquariums and Natural Caverns
Friday, May 29
Monday, May 31
- Day Youth Camps
- Overnight Youth Camps
- Youth Sports
- Certain professional sports without in-person spectators
All sporting and camp activities are required to adhere by special safety standards, and minimum standard health protocols have been established for all newly-announced opened services and activities. Businesses located in office buildings may also open but must limit their occupancy to the greater of 10 employees or 25% of their workforce.