GALLUP, N.M. (KRQE) -Gallup is no longer under lockdown. This comes after more than a week of turning away travelers and blocking entry into the city to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
“We do want our customers back, our local people back. We do miss them a lot,” says Liliana Rivera, waitress at El Rancho Restaurant and Hotel. After being locked down for more than a week, Rivera says she’s eager to get back to work.
“I hope they’re doing well. I hope they’re taking care of themselves,” she says.
Sunday at noon, barriers blocking every entry into Gallup were taken down. This comes after Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham ordered the city to shut down on May 1, to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
McKinley County continues to have the most confirmed cases in the state. “It’s a little challenging. We’ve never been through this. We just have to keep rolling through it,” says Rivera.
By the look of it, Gallup residents are still being cautious. Even with the lifted order, the streets were mostly empty.
Businesses like El Rancho are eager to get back to work, but believe the lockdown was necessary. “Maybe we should keep it on a little longer, but businesses have to open. We all have to keep going,” Rivera says.
The mayor of Gallup says the next step is encouraging people to continue to be responsible if they do leave their homes. Mayor Louie Bonaguidi says masks are key to staying safe and healthy.
He continues to say he wants the community to work together to make sure Gallup doesn’t become a hot spot for surrounding areas. In the meantime, Rivera is hoping to do what she can to get life back to normal.
“We’re just going to make the best of it and help our community the best way we can,” she says.
A spokesperson for the governor’s office says the lockdown was lifted because the mayor did not request another extension. The lockdown was originally supposed to be over on May 4, but the governor accepted the mayor’s emergency request to extend it twice.
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