ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Mayor Tim Keller held a news conference on Monday, March 23 to update Albuquerque on the city’s response efforts to coronavirus.
Mayor Keller held his conference from Balloon Fiesta Park, the newest drive-thru COVID-19 test site. Testing will take place at this location until 7 p.m. on Monday, March 23 or until the site runs out of tests.
The mayor also discussed what a stay-at-home order would entail. While the order is not in place at this time and the governor is set to have an announcement Monday afternoon, Mayor Keller stated that the city is preparing for it.
“And again, in any context like that, to remind folks generally there are big exemptions for food, in many cases things like exercise and also medical appointments. So, I want to be clear it is not something like a quarantine or a curfew,” said Mayor Keller.
Director of Parks and Recreation David Simon also made several announcements stating that city parks and trails are open as well as open spaces. While residents are encouraged to use these spaces, Simon reminded residents that they must practice social distancing protocols.
The Parks and Recreation Department began implementing enhanced disinfecting protocols in preparation for coronavirus. Playgrounds, benches, and tables are being sanitized regularly, though the public is encouraged to disinfect them as well.
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