New Mexico governor rejects call to lift virus restrictions

New Mexico

FILE – In this April 15, 2020, file photo, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham puts on her face mask when not speaking during an update on the COVID-19 outbreak in the state during a news conference in the state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M. New Mexico Republicans and sheriffs are asking U.S. Attorney General William Barr to look into Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s health orders aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19. They allege the order, which has closed several small businesses, violates residents’ civil rights. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP, Pool, File)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham defended her response to the coronavirus pandemic amid calls by Republican lawmakers who want her to remove enforced business restrictions.

In a letter Tuesday, Lujan Grisham responded to 13 state senators who want the governor to provide only safety guidelines.

The first-term Democratic governor says demands for an immediate, full-scale reopening of the economy are reckless and only serve to inflame misinformed public opinion and risk further illness and death.

Lujan Grisham recently eased an emergency health order and allowed many businesses to reopen to customers at a fraction of capacity. 

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