SANTA FE, N.M. — People are being asked to stay home and gyms, salons, golf courses and other nonessential businesses will have to close for two weeks under public health restrictions reimposed Friday by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The Democratic governor said the state is at a breaking point and that a two-week pause will give an opportunity to blunt the virus.
“We are in a life-or-death situation, and if we don’t act right now, we cannot preserve the lives, we can’t keep saving lives, and we will absolutely crush our current health care system and infrastructure,” she said.
The emergency measures to rein in surging rates of coronavirus infections, hospitalizations and deaths across New Mexico – which are also soaring nationwide – will take effect Monday and run through Thanksgiving. Existing mandates already limited hours for certain businesses, prohibited gatherings of more than five people and required face coverings