After record triple-digit spikes of COVID cases, the City of El Paso has decided to postpone reopening services like the libraries, museums and more. The City of El Paso and the state of Texas have seen record breaking numbers of positive coronavirus cases in the past week. Since Friday, there have been an additional 630 positive COVID-19 cases in El Paso which shows a worrying upward trend continuing in the area.

Due to the surge in COVID-19 infections, the City of El Paso has decided they will be postponing the reopening of certain Quality of Life Services in the city. The city says the postponements are a necessary precaution for the safety and health of the community, as well as city workers. Some of the openings that are postponed are:

  • El Paso Zoo
  • El Paso Desert Botanical Garden
  • City museums
  • Recreation Centers
  • Spray parks
  • El Paso library branches

These services were initially scheduled to reopen on July 1st, but after the recent spike, the city has decided to do the responsible thing and keep these facilities closed for the time-being. The City says they will continue to work with the Department of Public Health to determine when it will be safer to reopen these services to the public. While it is unfortunate that these services will not be available for the time being, it is imperative for El Pasoans to do their part to try and slow the spread of the coronavirus in the city. The steps you can take to protest yourself, your loved ones, your coworkers, and your fellow El Pasoans are easy! Stay home as much as possible, washing your hands for 20 seconds and often, social distance while out in public, wear a mask or face covering, and stay home as much as you can. If you would like more information on COVID-19 and how you can get tested, please visit the EPStrong website and the City of El Paso Facebook page.