Major city in Texas imposing lockdown as local hospitals overflow

Source: The Hill | October 30, 2020 | Joseph Guzman

El Paso is experiencing a spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

All nonessential services have been ordered to shut down in El Paso County, Texas, in an effort to mitigate a worsening COVID-19 outbreak that has pushed the area’s hospitals to capacity.

El Paso County Judge Ricardo Samaniego on Thursday ordered a two-week shut down of nonessential businesses such as tattoo parlors, hair salons, nail salons, gyms and in-person dining at restaurants. 

Essential services that will remain open include schools, child care facilities, grocery stores, pharmacies and health care facilities. Voting will also be considered an essential activity as the presidential election is just days away. 


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