Below a policy announced last month by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D), New Mexico presently has over a dozen grocery shops across the state closed for 2 weeks–together with Albertsons, Walmart, Sam’s Membership and Goal shops–as a consequence of workers testing constructive for the COVID-19 China coronavirus. That is inflicting nice hardship in affected small cities the place just one grocery retailer stays open, prompting strains of panicked buyers estimated to be a half-mile lengthy.
The closures are the results of the state’s Speedy Response Watchlist program that displays grocery shops, retailers and eating places for constructive COVID exams of workers. One constructive take a look at prompts a “speedy response” by the state to quarantine the constructive workers, isolate contacts for 14 days and clear the affected space, leading to a partial closure of lower than 24 hours. However when a retailer will get four speedy responses from the state inside 14 days the whole retailer can be shut down for 2 weeks.
Excerpt from the New Mexico Rapid Response website FAQss:
Which companies will shut for 2 weeks as soon as they attain 4 or extra speedy responses in 14 calendar days?
Any “foods and drinks institution,” “place of lodging,” “retail house,” or “important enterprise” (aside from these which meet the definition of a healthcare operation, utility, or media service) wherein members of the general public repeatedly go to, should instantly shut for 14 days if there are 4 or extra speedy responses throughout the final 14 days. These institutions are outlined within the Nov. 13, 2020 public well being order.
When there are 4 or extra speedy responses at a location that meet the standards for inclusion on the Watchlist (see query 3) inside 14 calendar days, the New Mexico Setting Division will refer the institution to the Division of Well being, which is able to consider and make the choice on institution closure. An “important enterprise” could also be permitted to proceed working if the Division of Well being, after session with the Setting Division, determines that the enterprise is a crucial supplier of products or companies inside a neighborhood.
Who will implement the general public well being order requirement to shut for 14 days?
The New Mexico Division of Well being will implement the closure requirement. The Division of Well being, the New Mexico Division of Public Security, the New Mexico Division of Homeland Safety and Emergency Administration, the Setting Division and different state businesses are approved to take all acceptable steps to make sure compliance with different points of the general public well being order. Report violations of the general public well being order right here.
What are the results for a enterprise that doesn’t comply with the general public well being order?
Failure to adjust to the Public Well being Order could lead to penalties as much as $5,000 per day by the New Mexico Division of Well being and authorized motion. Different state businesses could individually provoke enforcement proceedings in opposition to the enterprise.
The New Mexico Well being Division shut down two grocery shops in Roswell due to too many speedy responses as a consequence of COVID-19 exposures. In Carlsbad and Hobbs, they’re down to at least one grocery retailer in every neighborhood after the opposite was closed for 2 weeks by the Well being Division. Residents say that is inflicting some folks to panic.
“The governor put in a brand new edict, I knew issues can be loopy, and I’m not loopy, but when everyone else is loopy, then you definately kinda must react to that and so I needed to go choose up a number of issues simply to ensure I didn’t must exit this weekend or some other time. I pulled into the parking zone of Walmart at 6:58 and I didn’t stroll into the shop till 8:10,” stated Michelle Martin, a involved resident.
Michelle Martin stated the strains this morning to get into Walmart stretched a few half-mile in Roswell. Now folks say when a retailer closes for 2 weeks it significantly impacts households of their neighborhood.
…”I imply you could have the aged ready in line, standing on the market fortunately it was a pleasant cool morning however you could have folks in wheelchairs doing the identical factor, or folks with their kids and that is the mass hysteria that’s being created by this,” stated Michelle.
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