The Downtown Management District values the safety and health of the community. We recognize that our lives are undergoing temporary changes as it pertains to social and professional interaction in the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Because of this, businesses are experiencing significant challenges. To ensure a safe and clean environment, we encourage everyone to follow the guidance from public health officials regarding social distancing and proper health etiquette.
As of March 19, 2020, Texas Governor Abbott issued an executive order essentially stopping all dine-in operations at bars and restaurants effective midnight March 20, 2020 – midnight April 3, 2020 with a possible extension. We encourage patrons to order through pick-up, or delivery where offered. We recommend contacting businesses for specific hours of operations and ordering options. See local amended EMERGENCY DIRECTIVE.
As of March 21, 2020 an order by the POTUS during a Press Conference stated that, “non-essential travel” across the U.S.-Mexico border will be restricted. See RESTRICTIONS for CROSS-BORDER TRAVEL.
The City and the County of El Paso have issued a “Stay Home Work Safe” Order that will go into effect at 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, and be in effect until further notice.
We value Downtown businesses as part of the familiar tapestry of Downtown. Ways to support these businesses may include:
- Shop online or via phone. Some Downtown retailers have online shopping available; our local and independent shops may help you get what you need via phone or online.
- If you typically order wholesale products with local retailers later in the year, place your orders now.
- Purchase gift cards to spend later in our various storefront businesses for retail or restaurants.
- Order takeout or delivery when available, and feel free to call about specific precautions each business has taken to provide the safer service before ordering or visiting.
- Keep the business relevant as they adjust their business model to meet evolving challenges by sharing social posts.
- Patronize businesses responsibly, with recommendations by health officials, like washing hands and going out in smaller groups and practicing social distancing. At this time, it is recommended groups do not exceed 10 or more.
- LIST OF BUSINESSES OPEN at this time, including restaurants and some retail with promotions and updated business models.
Downtown businesses are a vital part of our community and shape part of our identity. We want to make sure they continue to stay successful while maintaining appropriate public health safety measures.
COVID-19 General Updates
Paso del Norte Health Foundation COVID-19 Info HUB
Current news and City of El Paso updates https://www.elpasotexas.gov/public-health/coronavirus
For a consolidated page of information, you can also visit HERE.
The City of El Paso Department of Public Health (DPH) is now offering information about COVID-19 via (915) 212-6843 or (915) 21-COVID. For more INFORMATION
What it takes to be TESTED.ssues Amended Emergency Directive to Reduce Spread of COVID-19
Local EMERGENCY DIRECTIVE
3/24/20 Stay at Home, Work Safe ORDER
Updates on Streetcar Service
Updates on Sun Metro Service
March, 31, 2020 SUN METRO-New Social Distancing UPDATE
Interested in helping those in need? The Paso del Norte Community Foundation has established the El Paso COVID-19 Response Fund in partnership with the United Way of El Paso County to support nonprofit organizations serving the most vulnerable in our community – including the homeless and elderly populations. Please visit HERE to help.
U.S. Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan- SBA EIDL COVID-19
Paso Del Norte Community Foundation-El Paso Food and Beverage Workers Fund
Small Business Development Center has CLOSED but is still assisting REMOTELY-SBDC March 2020
The City and County of El Paso have each approved $1 million funding to establish a Small Business Emergency Relief Program, managed by LiftFund, a nonprofit organization that helps finance new small business and startup companies. The new program will allow eligible businesses to apply for zero interest loans and some grants. Businesses can receive a loan of up to $25,000 and a grant of up to $5,000. LiftFund will start taking applications beginning Wednesday, April 1, 2020 on its website: www.LiftFund.com