Mayor Keller announces temporary lift of plastic bag ban in Albuquerque

Coronavirus New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – During a press conference on Thursday, March 26, to highlight the local response to the coronavirus outbreak Mayor Tim Keller announced the temporary lift of Albuquerque’s plastic bag ban.

The environmental health inspector and code inspectors have been in contact with all major grocers to ensure all appropriate sanitation guidelines are being followed as well as restrictions on key items.

PNM Resources Foundation is offering a $200,00 community safety grant opportunity to qualifying nonprofits that are implementing COVID-19 programs for at-risk seniors. They are also partnering with the Albuquerque Community Foundation and United Way to donate $10,000 to the Emergency Action Fund that offers short term funding to organizations impacted by COVID-19.

New Mexico Public Health Offices are still operating for those who are in need of WIC, family planning, and STD screening services.

The City of Albuquerque’s Finance and Human Resources Department has been nationally recognized and recently won the Certificate of Excellence in Citizen-Centric Reporting for the fiscal year 2019. This is the first time Albuquerque has won.

The largest COVID-19 testing site which is at Balloon Fiesta Park has the shortest wait times. Residents are reminded to be pre-screened before arriving for testing. Call the New Mexico coronavirus hotline at 1-855-600-3453 if you have symptoms of COVID-19.

Mayor Keller announced on Thursday that the city of Albuquerque will be lifting its plastic bag ban for 30 days. At this time, residents will be allowed to use any type of bag to bring groceries home.

“Over the last several weeks I’ve been holding regular conversations with businesses and food workers as we help them navigate the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, we’re going to pause enforcement of the plastic bag ban for the next 30 days to ease concerns over paper bag shortages and free businesses and food workers to focus on continuing their essential operations,” said Mayor Tim Keller in a press release.

The mayor stated that there is a lot of misinformation regarding reusable bags. Keller said that while you can wash your bags, using them is not considered a health issue.

Once the COVID-19 outbreak is over, the city will be tightening the plastic bag ban.

Albuquerque senior centers will be temporarily holding lunch distributions from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. All seniors and their family members are welcome.

Meal delivery is also available for seniors. For senior-specific information on programs and resources call 505-764-6400.

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