4 states across the country have already limited hours and services or completely closed bars and restaurants. El Paso may be next.

UPDATE:  From the El Paso Herald Post...

  • Tuesday, El Paso City Council passed an emergency ordinance calling for the closure of bars, private clubs, arcades, and taverns effective today.  The order also applies to arcades.
  • Council also added a fine and charge, as violators face a misdemeanor and a $500 fine.
  • The new restrictions for restaurants follow social distancing rules, as they will be allowed to open at half the facility’s capacity, with a minimum of six feet between tables.
  • Council passed the ordinance unanimously, and it will be effect for 30 days.

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El Paso City Council will meet tomorrow (3/17/20) and, among other things, they will be discussing new hours and methods of operation for El Paso area bars and restaurants.

I think we need to be more aggressive with social gathering places like bars and restaurants," District 3 city Rep. Cassandra Hernandez said. "There have been pretty aggressive standards across the nation and I think that we could follow suit." - El Paso Times

According to a KVIA story:

Illinois, Ohio, Massachusetts, Washington state and New York City are among the places that ordered bars to close and restaurants to stop dine-in service. Takeout and delivery will still be allowed. - KVIA

There is no way to tell what restrictions may be put into place here in El Paso until city council decides what, if anything, they want to do. We'll all know more tomorrow and I'll update this story after they make their decision(s).

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