Dear Taco Cabana family,
As we all continue to monitor the situation as it concerns COVID-19, we understand and share the abundance of concern you may have regarding the impact on the communities we serve. We want to share with you what we are doing to keep you and our team members safe and healthy. One thing we would like to remind you of is that safety, hygiene and sanitation have always been a priority at our restaurants.
Though the situation around the virus is constantly changing, we continue to follow guidelines set by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and state and local health regulators.
Following are some of the preventive measures we have taken.
– Heightened our sanitation procedures regarding restaurant cleanliness, with additional emphasis on high traffic areas in restaurants
– Stocked our restaurants with effective disinfectants and sanitation products, including hand sanitizer in our dining room and back of the house
– Increased handwashing protocols for all team members
– Reinforced our stringent policy on sick employees not working at any level of the organization
– Providing sauces and salsas in pre-packaged containers
– Packaging all dine-in orders in closed take-out containers
– Ramped up our online and delivery procedures to make it easier for our guests; working with our delivery partners to offer contactless delivery option
– Closed dining room seating areas
– Modified restaurant hours in accordance with federal, state and local mandates*
All restaurants will be open from 6:00 am – 10:00 pm
Since the situation is very fluid we may continue to implement additional measures to ensure your safety and that of our team members; this may include additional changes to our menu and service model. We will continue to share information as it becomes available.
We thank you for the trust you place in us, we have been part of your community for over 40 years and look forward to the years to come.
Fiesta Restaurant Group
*subject to change as the situation warrants
DQ FREE CONE DAY POSTPONED
At DQ®, we like to sweeten the start of spring with Free Cone Day, a fan-favorite event that attracts long lines at our restaurants. In light of the growing concerns about COVID-19 (coronavirus), and the precautions established by the World Health Organization and government agencies around large public gatherings, we made the difficult decision to postpone this year’s Free Cone Day, which was scheduled for Thursday, March 19 in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
The health and wellbeing of our fans and crew members is our top priority, and we look forward to rescheduling at a later date when we know more.
DQ stores remain open and our focus is to provide a clean and safe place for our fans to continue to enjoy their favorite foods and treats. We are following our everyday cleaning and sanitation practices that meet and often exceed local, state and government standards. We also have increased the frequency of employee handwashing and cleaning of high-contact areas in our restaurants including door handles, pin pads for transactions, condiment and beverage stations, countertops and fan seating areas.
We are continuing to monitor updates on the coronavirus and are following the guidance provided by the World Health Organization, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Billy the Kid Casino located at Ruidoso Downs Race Track
To protect the health and safety of our players, employees and the community, Billy the Kid Casino located at Ruidoso Downs Race Track will close effective immediately to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the state of New Mexico. At the request of New Mexico Governor Lujan Grisham and the New Mexico Department of Health, Billy the Kid Casino, Billy’s Sports Bar & Grill, and the Racebook will remain closed through April 9.
This is a public health issue. Ruidoso Downs will do what is best for our community and join the fight against the spread of this virus in our resort community. We must protect our employees as well as our customers from exposure.
For more information regarding the public health order please visit: https://www.governor.state.nm.us/2020/03/15/health-secretary-to-amend-public-health-order-adding-new-restrictions-to-public-gatherings/
We will keep you posted on any developments.
President and General Manager
Ruidoso Downs Race Track & Casino
EPCC COVID-19 Update
TO: EPCC Faculty, Staff & Students
FROM: William Serrata, Ph.D.President
DATE: March 13, 2020
SUBJECT: COVID-19 Update
As we all have been monitoring, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has been increasing across the state and nation. While we still do not have confirmed cases in El Paso County, health authorities are urging organizations and the public to implement outbreak control measures. This week community colleges throughout the nation and region have announced transitions from face-to-face classroom activities to online instructional methods and other social distancing tactics.
After thoughtful consideration about the best interest in the health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and community, El Paso Community College will also be implementing similar measures. We hope these proactive measures will help limit the COVID-19 risk to our campus community as these steps have been outlined by local, national and global health authorities to help reduce the spread of the virus.
EPCC will adopt the following steps regarding post-spring break classes, college events, operations and other resources:
– Spring Break is scheduled for March 16-22nd.
– Classes for the week of March 23rd to 29th are cancelled.
– Minimester II courses will begin on March 30th and be seven weeks long.
– On March 30th, classes will resume via online instruction for the duration of the semester. For help, please review the student or faculty Blackboard Instructional Continuity Guides. For assistance logging in, you may email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 915-831-6440. Faculty will communicate specific course information with students via email and Blackboard. Faculty with questions should contact their instructional dean.
– Classes comprised of components that can’t be done online such as clinical, practicums and some labs will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Students should contact their instructors.
– To assist students, some support resources, including labs, libraries and tutoring centers will be open with health and safety protocols in place. More details will be released soon.
– Due dates for library materials that are currently checked out have been extended through April 30th.
– All faculty and staff should return to work on March 23rd and be on duty as usual.
– During the week of March 23rd, supervisors will determine essential personnel in case more aggressive action needs to be taken.
– Most campus buildings will remain open, and most campus operations will proceed normally. Safety protocol guidelines are forthcoming.
– All non-essential domestic and international college-related travel is suspended for at least the next 30 days, until April 17th. At that point, we will evaluate to determine if that suspension will continue.
– Students and employees are strongly encouraged to limit personal travel in efforts to curb the spread of this virus.
– Until further notice, EPCC students and staff who have personal travel to a country or region with a CDC Risk Assessment of Level 2 or higher or states/cities with large confirmed outbreaks must report their travel. Students must call the VP’s Office of Student Enrollment and Services at 915-831-3134; employees must send an email to EmployeeRelations@epcc.edu or call 915-831-6630. Upon return to El Paso, these individuals will be required to place themselves under home monitoring for a minimum of 14 days. Before returning to work or school, students and employees who have travelled to high-risk areas must provide medical clearance to EmployeeRelations@epcc.edu before returning to campus.
– Campus meetings and other activities are now restricted to less than 50 participants until further notice. Currently scheduled meetings and activities must be cancelled or limited to less than 50 participants
– Events scheduled at the EPCC ASC will be cancelled through April 17th. At that point, we will evaluate to determine if that suspension will continue.
– Students, faculty and staff are urged to maintain consideration for appropriate social distancing.
· All spring athletic competition is suspended as of March 13th for the remainder of the spring season.
We understand that this is a stressful situation and are doing our best to keep our campus community informed. As this situation is rapidly evolving, please continue to visit go.epcc.edu/coronavirus, check college email and watch for Tejano Alerts for the latest updates affecting EPCC. We are aware that implementing these changes, especially with such short notice, will be a challenge for us all. However, it is critical we do what is possible to mitigate the spread of this virus. We appreciate your patience and cooperation as we navigate this situation.
New Horizons Theater to Close Temporarily
Museum of Space History Remains Open
(Alamogordo, New Mexico) – The Tombaugh Education Building and New Horizons Dome Theater at the New Mexico Museum of Space History will be closed beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, until further notice. “The safety and health of our guests is of the utmost importance to us and we felt it was in their best interest that the theater be temporarily closed during this health emergency,” said Museum Executive Director Chris Orwoll. Educator and Theater staff will telecommute during this time.
The New Mexico Museum of Space History, following the lead of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs and the recommendations of the Governor, is committed to making sure that its visitors and staff are in a safe, healthy environment. To that end, the museum has instituted several policies including an increased schedule of disinfection for “high-touch” areas, removal or closure of some interactive exhibits, and cancellation of some public events such as the museum’s April 4th Trinity Site Motor Coach Tour, regular meetings and lectures, and outreach functions. The museum remains open and on its regular schedule at this time.
Visitors are encouraged to visit the museum’s website or facebook page for up to date information.
The New Mexico Museum of Space History, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call 575-437-2840 or toll free 1-877-333-6589 or visit the website at www.nmspacemuseum.org. Like us at: www.facebook.com/NMSpaceMuseum/
TSTA urges state to cancel STAAR testing this year
The Texas State Teachers Association urged Gov. Greg Abbott and Education Commissioner Mike Morath to seek a waiver from federal testing requirements and cancel STAAR testing this spring as schools plan closures and take other emergency steps to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.
“We don’t know how critical this health emergency will become in Texas, how many families will be affected and how long some schools may have to keep their doors closed to protect their students, employees and local communities. Educators, students and their families should be focused on dealing with these critical health issues and shouldn’t have to try to cope with the additional stress of STAAR testing,” TSTA President Noel Candelaria said.
“We urge Gov. Abbott and Commissioner Mike Morath to seek a waiver from federal testing requirements and cancel STAAR testing this spring. Let us declare a time out on testing or, at the very least, waive the high-stakes requirements associated with testing, including grade promotions, graduation requirements and the impact on school accountability ratings,” Candelaria added.
“Even under normal circumstances, STAAR exams and test preparation waste millions of tax dollars and rob students and teachers of valuable classroom time for real teaching and learning. It is inexcusable to require them to shoulder the STAAR burden during a health emergency.”
RIO GRANDE Theatre Closed Through April 2020
Following guidance from Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and the New Mexico Department of Health, the City of Las Cruces has cancelled or postponed events at the Rio Grande Theatre through the month of April.
The governor issued a public health emergency to maximize the resources available to the state to fight the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus and minimize public health risks for New Mexicans. As part of this announcement, the governor and Department of Health directed state government and advised local governments across New Mexico to cancel events with large crowds through at least the end of April.
All ticketed events for March and April have been rescheduled for later in 2020 or early 2021, but If you have already purchased tickets and would like a refund, please contact the theatre at 541-2290, or email email@example.com.
Chris Faivre, RGT Venue Manager
Las Cruces Space Festival Postponed
The third-annual Las Cruces Space Festival, due to return March 30- April 4, has been postponed. The Festival Executive Team met with City officials this morning to discuss possible dates for rescheduling the Festival later in the year.
“We held off until we were given the order from the Governor’s office to postpone the Festival” said Executive Director Alice Carruth. “It was the best decision to keep the containment of the virus to a minimum. The planning team have been working on this for a year and believe we have a strong line up of STEM activities for all ages, and look forward to bringing the Festival back in the fall. We hope to announce our new dates once we have spoken with all our partner organizations”
The New Mexico Health Department has advised against holding activities with an attendance of over 100 people in order to contain the threat of the COVID-19 virus.
The Las Cruces Space Festival mission is ‘Making Space for Everyone’. The Festival is free to participate in, and open to all, with the cost of activities, presentations, displays, and exhibits all covered by sponsors. We work with many partner organizations across the community – ranging from the public schools, local universities and colleges, space industry, arts, and cultural groups, and many others – to provide an event for people of all ages and interests. All sponsorship will be honored for our events later this year.
All Remaining Rhino Games Cancelled Due to COVID-19
The Western States Hockey League has announced that all scheduled games for the remainder of the 2019-20 season have been cancelled. The Rhinos’ home playoff games scheduled for Mar. 13-15 and Mar. 20-22 will not be played, nor will they be re-scheduled. Thorne Cup Final games in Greeley, CO that were scheduled for the end of March will also be cancelled.
It is of the utmost importance to the El Paso Rhinos organization to ensure the safety and health of players, staff, and spectators. The WSHL and the Rhinos will continue to provide updates regularly on the coronavirus situation.
The Fan Fest is still scheduled for Mar. 28 from 3 pm to 6 pm at the rink and the community is invited to gather for the last event of the season!
EPCC Closed for Spring Break
El Paso Community College (EPCC) will be closed from Monday, March 16, 2020 through Friday, March 22, 2020 for Spring Break. Classes will resume and offices will reopen on Monday, March 23, 2020.
YOUNG DRIVERS URGED TO PLAN SOBER RIDES AHEAD OF SPRING BREAK
TxDOT reminds spring breakers about deadly, long-term consequences of drunk driving
AUSTIN – Jamie Chapman was a 20-year-old college student when he made the fateful decision to drive after drinking at a party. He slammed into a tree and suffered a traumatic brain injury. Although he survived the crash, it left him physically debilitated.
“Jamie was no different than any other college kid. He loved a good time with his friends, and he had so much to look forward to in the future,” said Katrina Chapman, Jamie’s mom. “Jamie’s decision to drive drunk has affected our entire family’s life, even eight years later. I hope young adults will see Jamie’s story and make the right decision to find a sober ride.”
The Chapman family is sharing their story through TxDOT’s “Plan While You Can” campaign, which aims to save lives and decrease alcohol-related crashes. As many college students enjoy Spring Break in the coming weeks, the campaign focuses on younger drivers who may engage in activities involving alcohol.
During last year’s Spring Break* in Texas, there were 417 crashes involving young drivers who were driving under the influence of alcohol. Those crashes killed 26 people and seriously injured another 52.
In El Paso, there were 18 DUI-alcohol related traffic crashes during the 2019 Spring Break time period involving young drivers, resulting in no fatalities and no serious injuries. In the El Paso District (Brewster, Culberson, El Paso, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis and Presidio counties), there were 30 DUI-alcohol related traffic crashes during the 2019 Spring Break time period, resulting in no fatalities and 1 serious injury.
“Drinking and driving is a dangerous and often deadly choice that can ruin the future of a young driver and all those involved in a crash,” said TxDOT Executive Director James Bass. “This Spring Break, be responsible and plan ahead for a sober ride.”
The “Plan While You Can” campaign will tour the state featuring the “Plan to Win” virtual reality game. The game poses questions related to drinking and driving, and illustrates the consequences of getting behind the wheel through an immersive experience.
Driving under the influence of alcohol not only risks death or serious injuries, but it can also be costly. Drivers can face up to $17,000 in fines and fees, jail time and loss of their driver’s license. Instead of getting behind the wheel, here are some alternative options:
– Designate a sober driver.
– Contact a cab or ride-share service.
– Use mass transit.
– Spend the night.
“Plan While You Can” is a key component of #EndTheStreakTX, a broader social media and word-of-mouth effort that encourages drivers to make safer choices while behind the wheel, like wearing a seat belt, driving the speed limit and never driving after drinking or using other drugs. Nov. 7, 2000 was the last deathless day on Texas roadways. #EndTheStreakTX asks all Texans to commit to driving safely to help end the streak of daily deaths on Texas roadways.
*Friday, March 8 (5 p.m.) to Sunday, March 17 (11:59 p.m.). The information contained in this report represents reportable data collected from the Texas Peace Officer’s Crash Report (CR-3). This information was received and processed by the department as of Jan. 30, 2020.
City Hosts Veteran Town Hall
The City will be hosting a Veterans Town Hall from 3pm – 6pm on Saturday, March 7, at Benavidez-Patterson “All Airborne” Chapter 82nd Airborne Division Association, 2608 Fort Boulevard.
The Town Hall will help shape policy and assist in the development and improvement of programs that address the vital needs of veterans, including physical and mental wellness, employment, homelessness, transportation, social support, and economic development.
Last month, the County of El Paso, in collaboration with the City of El Paso, El Paso Chamber, Endeavors, and multiple Veteran Service organizations, partnered with Combined Arms to launch the El Paso County Veterans Needs Assessment Survey. The survey can be completed by veterans, family members of veterans, and caregivers of veterans by attending the Veterans Town Hall or filling out the survey online.
To complete the Veterans Needs Assessment Survey online, visit bit.ly/EPVetSurvey.
The last day to fill out the survey is March 18th.