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.