GALLUP, N.M. (KRQE) – While most of the state starts to see a loosening up of the shutdown, the Governor has put Gallup on a lock down. At noon, New Mexico State Police set up checkpoints blocking off the city to keep the outsiders out, as the Coronavirus continues to skyrocket on the nearby Navajo Nation.
This lockdown means entrances and exits in and out of Gallup are blocked off. Unless you have a Gallup address, you’re not getting in.
“People traveling through the state of New Mexico on I-40, they’re not going to be allowed into the city,” says Lt. Mark Soriano of NMSP.
The Department of Transportation set up 11-checkpoints and road blocks at all points of entry into Gallup. Each entry will have NMSP and the Army National Guard there to direct people.
Just yesterday, the mayor of Gallup sent a letter to the Governor asking for the lock down under the Riot Control Act. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham quickly responded and agreed.
This means all essential businesses must close from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. and no one is allowed into the city. NMSP says travelers heading through New Mexico cannot stop in Gallup for gas, food, or a hotel room.
People in Gallup agree the lock down is necessary.
“Follow the rules. Stay at home. If you’re out there in the city limits, the reservations, stay at home. You know, that’s the best thing right now,” says Kevin Billy.
Senator George Munoz says this is something that needed to happen weeks ago as McKinley County’s number of confirmed cases kept growing.
“What we don’t want you doing is buying two 55′ TVs and then going back to the reservation with four people in your vehicle,” says Sen. George Munoz (D) Gallup.
Right now, McKinley County has more than a thousand confirmed cases with more than 500 of them on the Navajo Nation.
NMSP say if you are trying to get into Gallup, you need to show proof that you are a resident. This lock down ends on Monday at noon.