One Albuquerque business ordered to close by state amid COVID-19

Coronavirus New Mexico

Correction issued below

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The state has temporarily shut down one business after workers tested positive for coronavirus. It is Smith’s at Coors and Central. Currently, there are 298 establishments on the COVID-19 rapid response watchlist.

Businesses are subject to a possible two-week shut down if they have four or more rapid responses. The grocery store will be closed until Dec. 7.

According to the current Public Health Order, establishments will have to close for two weeks if they have four or more rapid responses within the last 14 days. The order states that this applies to retail spaces, places of lodging, food and drink establishments, close-contact businesses, and other essential businesses. However, starting Tuesday, the watchlist also includes K-12 public schools that have had two or more rapid responses in the last two weeks according to a news release from the New Mexico Environment Department.

The additional closures of the business comes after the state announced Tuesday the total of positive COVID-19 cases in New Mexico is now at 86,247. In all, the Environment Department has closed 25 businesses around the state for having four or more rapid responses. Nine have already been allowed to reopen.

The closures are:

NameAddressCityCountyDate operation cease
Smith’s Food and Drug Center111 Coors Blvd NWAlbuquerqueBernalillo 11/23/2020

Correction: In a previous version of this story, it was reported that Jinja Bar and Bistro on Sevilla Ave. was also shut down by the state. That is incorrect, Jinja shut themselves down on Nov. 17 and are scheduled to reopen on Dec. 1.

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