Governor addresses social distancing for residents and businesses
By Dan Pennington
Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham held a live-streamed press conference today after announcing confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state had reached 28. Her message was clear: Reduction in interactions with others will continue to reduce transmission, and as such, will help prevent further spread of COVID-19. Due to this, new restrictions have been implemented statewide that will begin being enforced Thursday, Mar. 19 until April 10.
March came in like a lamb and will go out like a lion because, in our unprecedented times, local governments are infused with national and global concerns. The March 16 Albuquerque City Council meeting was held in a vacant chamber due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
New restrictions on public gatherings were enacted this week by New Mexico Department of Health; Mayor Tim Keller directed city employees to practice social distancing while completing tasks; Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham issued five executive orders authorizing up to $3.25 million in emergency response and disaster relief funding.
Health restrictions alter immediate future of film industry
By Devin D. O’Leary
Ever-evolving health restrictions are wreaking havoc with the entertainment industry in cities big and small. So where does the state of the film industry, the weekly focus of this here section of the Alibi, stand?
Thanks to COVID-19, we're staying home from our jobs, maintaining proper “social distance” and avoiding large gatherings. This leaves us with a lot of time on our hands. Once you’ve sanitized the bathroom and alphabetized your hoarded disaster supplies, what is there left to do? The entertainment industry has already responded to our plight, delivering TV like a USAID airdrop on a war-torn nation.
No matter what else you have planned for the first night of this gloriously introverted yet illuminating weekend, you can get it all started in a “Grand Royale” way by spending a couple hours checking out some of the most amazingly entertaining and totally def videos out there in YouTube land.
At times of stress, we have been told a million times to take a deep breath and count to 10. It usually works. Washing your hands can do more than that. There is no act of devotion that is as universally understood as mindful washing. Let that devotion be to yourself.
This is a good time to check out Albuquerque Museum’s online collection, to get curbside pickup of your purchased books and games, to take part in MindWell Global Open Mic and to support your local theater production.
With rapid shifts in what can and cannot happen within a restaurant, there is unease from everyone about what will happen to our favorite dining establishments as eating out will evaporate over the next few weeks.
Let’s say maybe you’ve never had to rely on cooking at home for two weeks straight before, and you don’t want to risk going out to eat. What should you grab to be stocked up and happy, without overstocking?
Don't hoard pot; N.M. is asking itself for clarification on whether medical cannabis is exempt from gross receipts tax; New Mexico has one of the highest rates of dispensaries per capita in the nation.
Samantha Anne Carrillo reports on the impact COVID-19 could have on medical cannabis patients’ choice of cannabinoid delivery method and how social distancing and “shelter in place” orders are impacting cannabis-friendly residents of San Francisco and Baltimore.