Governor extends Gallup’s lockdown order to Thursday

Coronavirus New Mexico

GALLUP, N.M. (KRQE) – An emergency declaration requested by the mayor of Gallup and authorized Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham will now be extended through noon on Thursday, May 7 to prevent further spread of COVID-19.

Following an emergency request from the mayor of Gallup, Gov. Lujan Grisham invoked the state’s Riot Control Act and authorized a lockdown in the city to issue further restrictions in the city to prevent the spread of the disease. The three-day order was set to expire on Monday.

On Sunday, Gallup’s Mayor Louis Bonaguidi requested the emergency declaration be extended rather than allowing it to expire and the governor granted the request and will formalize the extension on Monday, May 4. The declaration closes all roads into Gallup, limits business hours, restricts how many individuals can travel in a car at once, and directs Gallup residents to remain at home except for emergency outings.

The Riot Control Act allows the governor to temporarily prohibit people from being on public streets and the use of some streets and highways. As of Sunday afternoon, McKinley County reported 1,144 positive cases of COVID-19 which is the most positive cases in New Mexico.

Upon the mayor’s request, the hours of business closures will be amended. Business curfew hours will be similar to the curfew hours on the nearby Navajo Nation which are from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

New changes to the statewide public health order allowing non-essential businesses to offer curbside delivery and some state parks to reopen went into effect on May 1 but excludes McKinley County, San Juan County, and Cibola County.

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