NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Eleven restaurants have now had their food permit suspended for violating the governor’s health order. That isn’t stopping some from still operating. “I feel like has been harassed over the past two to three weeks especially our restaurants and those who support the restaurants,” said K.T. Manis a spokesperson for Casey’s restaurant.
Nearly a dozen restaurants across the state have been standing up against the governor’s public health order and decided to remain open to indoor dining. The New Mexico Environment Department has suspended food permits for 11 restaurants. The state is forcing the health order against restaurants stating indoor dining is a key factor in the spread of COVID-19.
“Restaurants, due to no fault of their own, just don’t have the right systems when you got 50 percent even capacity to mitigate and you do n’t have masks on to mitigate transmission,” said Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham.
The Outlaw Grill in Eunice and Hobbs were the two latest restaurants to get their permits pulled. The owner took to Facebook to announce that they are officially a part of the Governor’s Outlaw Fan Club. The post also went on to say we have received our citation, and we refuse to close our doors. The owner concluded with, “If you want to shut down the state, then shut everyone and everything down and cancel our debt including the taxes the state wants me to pay until you decide to let us open.”
The New Mexico Environment Department reports that on Thursday, the foodservice permits from two restaurants in Eunice and Hobbs were suspended after they opened for dine-in services in violation of the current public health orders. The permits were suspended from two Outlaw Grill locations at 1007 Main Street in Eunice and 521 West Navajo Drive in Hobbs.
These restaurants have reportedly been operating in violation of state food safety laws and are ordered to cease all operations immediately. If the two restaurants do not comply, they may face additional penalties. If the restaurants correct the violations, they will be able to request their permits reinstated.
The NMED, along with the state Attorney General Hector Balderas, is continuing to pursue further enforcement against nine other restaurants around the state that are continuing to operate after the state suspended their foodservice permits earlier this month.
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