ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Republican Party is urging New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to reopen nonessential small businesses with some requirements for social distancing.
The first-term Democratic governor and state health officials have suspended nonessential business through at least April 30 in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus and ensure health care facilities are not overwhelmed by a surge of patients.
The state Republican Party says the precautions are too drastic and put small businesses at a disadvantage.
GOP leaders scheduled a news conference Monday afternoon to explain their views further.
Lujan Grisham says her first priority is safeguarding public health and safety.