CLOVIS (KSMX)- New Mexico State Police will be enforcing penalties on New Mexico Businesses and the public who refuse to comply with the Emergency Public Health Order that have been extended to April 30.
According to the press release from the state, New Mexico State Police, in conjunction with local law enforcement, will ensure that businesses adhere to its directives.
New Mexico State Police has been educating non-compliant establishments and has given them a reasonable opportunity to adapt. We have seen many businesses and people voluntarily comply with the order. New Mexico State Police is in the position to hold businesses and people accountable.
In the event businesses are not compliant, officers will first issue a written warning along with a cease and desist order. On a second violation, the business will receive a citation under the Public Health Act (contrary to NMSA 24-1-1 a petty misdemeanor). A third or subsequent violation will be sent to the Department of Health where the business will face a civil penalty of up to $5,000.
The public health order also states that mass gatherings of more than five individuals are prohibited at this time.