SANTA FE (KSMX)- Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham along with state health officials hosted a press conference, April 30, where Lujan Grisham extended New Mexico’s stay-at-home instruction through May 15 but relaxed some of the public health mandate restrictions on businesses.
Starting Friday, nonessential retailers will be allowed to operate via curbside pickup and delivery if it’s permitted by their license. State parks will be able to reopen on a modified day-use-only basis with camping and visitor centers remaining closed. Veterinarians will be permitted to operate along with pet services such as adoption, grooming, daycare and boarding. Golf Courses will be allowed to open for golf only and gun stores may operate by appointment.
Operations that remain closed will include:
- Offices, workspace, retailers (exceptions include curbside/delivery)
- Dine-in restaurants and bars (exceptions include curbside/delivery)
- Indoor Malls, gyms, salons, theatres and casinos
- Mass gatherings are still prohibited
The hope is to reach phase 1 of the economic recovery by mid-May. The Governor said that doing so depends on the data that will be received from this preparation phase. Phase 1 would include lessening even more restrictions on businesses like retailers, restaurants, gyms, salons, and houses of worship.
“We are flattening the curve,” stated Lujan Grisham. “By no means will this be an easy or fast process, but we have the data that is showing that we are indeed beating this enemy.”
The governor also stated that though we are seeing a decrease in cases per day, New Mexicans are still encouraged to stay home and practice safe COVID-19 social distancing and procedures.