El Paso orders COVID-19 restrictions, reports all-time high case spike

By | October 17, 2020

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated to include information about restrictions on home gatherings. 

A record high in positive coronavirus cases and an increase in hospitalizations prompted El Paso officials to implement new restrictions aimed at curbing the virus’ spread.

Mayor Dee Margo on Thursday morning announced that come 12:01 a.m. Friday, occupancy at nonessential businesses will be limited to 50%, a reduction from the current 75% capacity threshold. 

After 9 p.m., restaurants will be limited to take-out and drive-thru, Margo said. Bars remain closed in El Paso County. 

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