Amid a spike in coronavirus cases in the state, Democrat New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lynn Lujan Grisham has issued a stay-at-home order and demanded nonessential businesses close for 14 days.
According to Grisham, a two-week shutdown, set to begin on November 16, will attempt to curb the spread of the virus in the state.
“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,” Grisham said.
Non-essential businesses include hair salons, gyms, and spas. During the 14 day shutdown, indoor dining will also be suspended. Restaurants in the state will be allowed to offer curbside pickup and delivery.
The order also limits churches and other houses of worship to 25 percent occupancy and closes indoor malls.
Grisham also stated that after the 14-day shutdown of non-essential