Mayor Keller hosts virtual town hall on Albuquerque COVID-19 response on Friday

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Watch the video to see the full town hall meeting

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Mayor Tim Keller held a virtual town hall on Friday to answer Albuquerque residents’ questions regarding the city’s COVID-19 response and recovery.

When asked about why people are not being fined for not wearing masks, Mayor Keller discussed how the city is focusing on compliance when it comes to face mask use.

So here’s what we are doing, we did actually cross deputize a lot of our civilians so, Code Enforcement, health inspectors, our security guards, and even our open space officers and things like this. And so they can now all cite you with a notice of not wearing a mask and that has helped a lot. And so we do now actually for our city, have impressively high numbers for mask enforcement,” said Keller.

The mayor said the city has made verbal warnings to people about face mask use and 4,200 masks have been handed out at the Sunport. The mayo also said the city’s main goal is to get people to put on that mask.

“We are prioritizing situations, you know, where it’s just people are close together and inside. That’s really focusing on enforcement and so we know people should always wear a mask when they’re outside but we also want to be smart, we want to be targeted and it just makes sense that we spend our enforcement efforts in those high-risk areas and not someone jogging by themself in the bosque,” Keller said.

The mayor was also asked how the city is addressing the needs of parents who are city employees.

“You know we’ve been really fortunate in Albuquerque because we’ve done two things. One, we did get some help from the federal government, $150 million worth and that has enabled us to do two things. It’s enabled us to really prop up a safety net for all of our city but also has meant that we haven’t laid anyone off or do furloughs which of course is fundamental to protecting their families,” Keller said.

Watch the video to see the full town hall meeting.

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