SANTA Fe (KSMX)- The state Supreme Court on Monday afternoon granted Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s emergency request to stay an order issued by a judge in Carlsbad earlier Monday that would have “temporarily permitted indoor dining at restaurants in New Mexico despite the state’s emergency public health order and the emergent need to take all necessary action to prevent the spread of COVID-19”.
The action by the state Supreme Court effectively blocks the temporary restraining order issued earlier Monday by Judge Raymond L. Romero.
The New Mexico Restaurant Association recently joined with several restaurants across the state to file suit against the 7-13-20 Public Health Order, issued by the Governor, banning indoor dining. Based on the arguments and evidence presented by the attorney, the judge granted a temporary restraining order, prohibiting the state from enforcing the most recent public health order and allowing restaurants to return to 50% indoor capacity per the 6-30-20 Public Health Order.
That earlier order is now stayed until further order of the Supreme Court.