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Fri Nov 13, 2020, 04:14 PM

Governor orders statewide shutdown


New Mexico will again shut down nonessential businesses "in order to blunt the unprecedented spike of COVID-19 illnesses and to attempt to relieve dramatically escalating strain on hospitals and health care providers across the state," Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's office announced Friday.

The emergency public health order will take effect Monday and last at least two weeks.

Under the order, residents are supposed to stay at home "except for only those trips that are essential to health, safety and welfare such as for food and water, emergency medical care, to obtain a flu shot or to obtain a test for COVID-19," according to a news release from the Governor's Office.

Essential businesses such as grocery stores, pharmacies, shelters and child care facilities will remain open but only will be allowed to operate at 25 percent of their maximum occupancy or 75 customers at a time, whichever is smaller.

In-person dining will not be allowed during the shutdown, but restaurants will be able to offer curbside pickup and delivery services.

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