As many of you have already heard, Eddy County is now “Turquoise” in the state’s COVID-19 gating criteria, which is the highest any county can get within the existing gating criteria. Eddy County has moved up in each of the previous three two-week periods, first from red to yellow, then from yellow to green and now up to turquoise.
This means restaurants and realtors can open at up to 75% of maximum capacity. Large entertainment venues can open at a third of their capacity while indoors and 75% outdoors and recreational facilities can open at half their indoor capacity and 75% of their outdoor limit. Mass gatherings are now limited to 150 people or 200 vehicles. Many of the state’s COVID-19 safe restrictions do remain in place for specific businesses, such as spacing of tables. These restrictions are listed on the state’s web page.
Where do we go after Turquoise? That’s a great question, but we also want to celebrate a remarkable improvement in Eddy County over the past month, in terms of a reduction in COVID-19 cases. We’ve made outstanding progress over the past six weeks.
Look for a possible new business off Canal Street sometime soon. We have received information from a company called HTeaO out of Texas that specializes in iced tea drinks that they are planning on moving to town. They market themselves as America’s only Iced Tea Franchise, and they are planning a drive-thru and small dine-in area at 1103 S. Canal St. We will keep you posted on this development.
We’ve received some calls from concerned residents about what they’ve described as a possible scam call of someone pretending to be with the IRS. One approach is that the caller will claim to be from the IRS and tell you that you owe taxes and that you must pay using a prepaid debit card, gift card, or by wire transfer, which isn’t accurate.
Do not give the caller any personal information. If you think you may owe federal taxes, hang up and call the IRS at 800-829-1040. If you’re certain you don’t owe taxes, call and report the incident to TIGTA at 800-366-4484. You can also report the issue online or file a complaint on the Federal Trade Commission’s website.
One of our local energy partners, Marathon Oil, is launching a new grant program called Unconventional Thinking in Teaching. Teachers are being asked to apply for (or be nominated for) grants to receive a $2,500 to $5,000 grant to support the purchase of classroom resources. Applications are due by June 15. Please visit www.marathonoil.com/teachers for more information. Thank you to Marathon for offering this service.
Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway