Parks and grocery stores busy during governor’s ‘stay-at-home’ order

Coronavirus New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – It’s been nearly two weeks since the governor issued the statewide stay-at-home order to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in New Mexico, but it seems to be a mixed bag of people following the order.

People in the metro were out and about Sunday afternoon. The stay-at-home order for the state means people need to stay at home and can only go out for necessities, like groceries, medical appointments, and exercise.

KRQE News 13 visited popular parks and trails throughout the metro on Sunday. Each park’s playscape is closed but many people are still taking advantage of the grass areas and open spaces.

While KRQE News 13 did not see groups larger than five, there were smaller groups huddled closer together than the six-foot social distancing rule.

Meanwhile, essential businesses like Lowe’s Home Improvement off Alameda Boulevard had long lines in their garden center. While Lowe’s Neighborhood Market on 11th and Lomas and the Smith’s off of Coors also had plenty of customers keeping their distance while waiting in lines, with some folks even wearing masks. The governor’s order is expected to last at least until the end of the month.

State police said they have not issued any citations. KRQE News 13 reached out to the Albuquerque Police Department but did not hear back. However, the department said last month they would give verbal warnings before handing out citations.

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