SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham issued a statewide “stay-at-home” instruction Monday to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in New Mexico. As of Monday, March 23, there are 83 cases in New Mexico.
Gov. Lujan Grisham also says there is a community spread of COVID-19 in New Mexico. To help minimize the spread she has ordered “non-essential” businesses to close. “Essential businesses” can remain open at this time.
“Essential businesses” is business or non-profits that falls within the following categories below:
- Health care operations including hospitals, walk-in-care health facilities, emergency veterinary and livestock services, pharmacies, home health care workers, emergency dental facilities, nursing homes, residential health care facilities
- Homeless shelters, food banks and places that provide care to in-need populations
- Childcare facilities
- Grocery stores, all food and beverage stores, supermarkets, food banks, convenience stores
- Farms, ranches, and other food cultivation, processing or packaging operations
- Facilities used by law enforcement, first responders, firefighters, emergency management personnel and dispatch operators
- Manufacturing operations involved in food processing
- Media services such as television, radio and newspaper operations
- Gas stations, auto repair facilities
- Hardware stores
- Laundromats and dry cleaner services
- Utilities, including their contractors and suppliers, engaged in power generation, fuel supply and transmission, water and wastewater supply.
- Funeral homes, crematoriums and cemeteries
- Banks, credit unions, insurance providers, payroll services, brokerage services and investment management firms
- Real estate services, brokers, title companies and related services
- Businesses providing mailing and shipping services which include post office boxes.
- Laboratories and defense and national security-related operations supporting the United States government or a contractor to the United States.
- Restaurants, but only for delivery or carry out. Local breweries or distillers, but only for carryout.
- Professional services such as legal or accounting services but only where necessary to assist in compliance with legally mandated activities
- Logistics and businesses that store, ship or deliver groceries, food, goods or services directly to residence or retailers.
Now, a “mass gathering” is defined as any public or private gathering that brings together five or more individuals in a single room or connected space, confined outdoor space or an open outdoor space.
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