County Judge’s orders shut Horizon parks, puts limits on home gatherings

With the increase of COVID-19 in El Paso County, the County Judge Ricardo Samaniego issued additional rules that apply to residents both inside Horizon City limits, as well as the unincorporated areas of the High Desert and the entire county.

Per the order and according to the release from Horizon City Police, all Horizon City parks are closed until further notice.    Officials add that bike paths and walking trails remain open, as are gyms.  Indoor sporting events are suspended.

Guidelines for private residences have also been released.

  • Only people actually living at a residence may be at the residence. This restriction also applies to the front yard and back yard.
  • No house parties.

The new guidelines include prohibitions for private homes gatherings with individuals not within their household, and each household cannot gather in groups larger than 10; as well as stricter rules requiring most county residents to wear a mask when in public.

“Face Covering Requirement. Because an infected person can transmit the COVID-19 virus to others before showing any symptoms, the covering of BOTH a person’s nose and mouth is necessary to help slow the spread of the virus. Therefore, every person throughout El Paso County shall wear some form of face covering over BOTH their nose and mouth, such as a homemade mask, scarf, bandana, or handkerchief, when inside a commercial entity or other building or space open to the public, or when in an outdoor public space, whenever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household…”

Additionally, the amended order provides for fines for those not following the new mask guidelines.

“Penalties for Failure to Follow Face Covering Requirements: Following a verbal or written warning for a first-time violator of this face-covering requirement, a person’s second violation shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed $250. Each subsequent violation shall be punishable by a fine not to exceed $250 per violation.”

For more information, refer to the County Judge’s complete order below.

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