Mayor Keller, city officials provide update on childcare for essential workers

Coronavirus New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Through a new declaration of emergency order Friday, Mayor Keller extended the cancellation of non-essential, City of Albuquerque gatherings through May 15th.  The mayor said this will give them a “buffer” in regards to city projects and programs, clarifying that this order is for city programs, not private programs.

General updates

Mayor Keller has signed an new Emergency Order that is extending the time city facilities will remain open at current operations levels through May 15. The order also mandates that grocery stores are participating in hand-washing, cleaning, and are providing curbside pickup when possible. It also mandates that one person or employee will be designated to ensure the amount of people in the store adheres to city guidelines.

Construction projects move up their timelines. The city will not be issuing permits to businesses changing their operations. For example, a smoke shop cannot be changed to a convenience store.

The city is now performing COVID-19 testing for residents and employees at La Vida Llena and Beehive Homes of Albuquerque. Residents in nursing homes that have been identified as having COVID-19 are self isolating.

Families who have relatives in nursing homes are asked to communicate and work with the Department of Health for updates.

Childcare

The city announced that childcare is an essential need. Currently, the city is providing care for 550 children per day on a program for essential workers.

The current of ages for children in childcare is for those 6-years-old and older. The Herman Sanchez Community Center will now be taking children ages 3 to 5.

There is an application process for this program, those interested are asked to call 505-767-6504.

Childcare does implement safety measures and includes outdoor time with class sizes being five kids with four adults. The city will open up additional facilities as needed.

The Child and Family Development Division also offers support for families on how to talk to children regarding the COVID-19 outbreak.

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