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In El Paso, many businesses have been very proactive in helping to slow the spread of COVID-19 since businesses began to reopen. By implementing stringent procedures, even though not required by law, they have set a best practice for us all.

EPTMC investor, NCH Customs Brokers reopened to the public in early April, and since that time has implemented practices to protect their employees and customers from the spread of COVID-19.

According to owner Imelda Ortega, Pronto Bookkeeping is dedicated to providing a clean and safe environment for their employees and customers. “We are doing everything we can including, temperature checks, sanitizing before and after each customer with hospital grade sanitizers, installing air filtration systems in all of our A/C units that kills 99% of bacteria, mold, and viruses, and requiring everyone to wear masks.”

They not only follow suggestions from the Governor but from the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations and although the actions they have implemented have not been mandatory, they have been recommended.

To communicate with their clients, Ortega sends emails and via phone tells her customers, when a face to face visit is needed such as to sign documents that are hitting against a tight deadline.

Another EPTMC investor, Octavio Duarte has recommended wearing masks from the beginning of the reopening process. At his real estate office, they continue to observe CDC guidance as well as local mandates regarding cloth face mask use for our team members, and we encourage our guests to observe this guidance as well.”

We know that masks and social distancing work to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The track record of other cities demonstrates that coronavirus spread can be mitigated, and businesses can remain open, where masks and social distancing have been widely accepted. We have every reason to expect a similar effort here would be successful also and encourage all businesses in El Paso to follow these best practices.

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