It's been a battle since it started; an on-again, off-again mandate stating which businesses can and can't operate in El Paso. Now, we're back to "off" ...

El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego recently issued an order shutting down non-essential businesses in El Paso. An order which was opposed by the business owners and many others. The latest round in the "Battle for El Paso Business", is a win for them as the Texas State Appeals Court has ... temporarily at least ... overturned the order. 

Good news for the businesses but, the order given by the Texas State 8th Court of Appeals may not stand either as the Court has not yet issued its final decision on the matter.  In the meantime, the court did leave some provisions of Judge Samaniego's order in place, including:

  • Business occupancy limits are set at 50%
  • All restaurants must cease all dine-in services by 9 p.m.
  • Gatherings remain limited to no more than 10 people
  • Bars must remain closed
  • Masks remain mandatory in public - KVIA

The Texas 8th Court of Appeals order also lifted ... again, for the time being ... the curfew that was put in place in El Paso prohibiting nonessential peeps from being out between the hours of 10pm and 5am. That, of course, did not apply to El Pasoans who had some essential duty or function to perform.

The Court will issue its final ruling on the matter at some point today. Once they do, I'm sure someone else will contest the matter. Hold on folks, this ride ain't over yet...