Some lawmakers call on governor to reopen New Mexico by May 21

Coronavirus New Mexico

NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – Some Republican state lawmakers are calling on the governor to reopen the entire state by Thursday, May 21. Senator Greg Baca who represents parts of Bernalillo and Valencia Counties is leading the charge.

Baca says the effects of COVID-19 has not risen to the levels initially thought by experts and is calling for a “common sense approach”. He says the latest health order requiring many businesses to stay closed and most others to operate at only 25% capacity along with the budget shortfall will have a disastrous effect on the economy.

“We’ve been in our situation and under health order now for going on two months in this state and those restrictions, they come with a price. The economy essentially for small business especially has been virtually shutdown, things like gyms and restaurants, you all have carried the stories… and people are financially hurting,” said Senator Gregory Baca.

Baca says if this continues, the damage will be irreversible. At this point, the next phase of reopening is set for June 1.

“I ask her to join me in having confidence in our public who I’m thankful for because they’ve done so well up to this point. The control and restraint they’ve shown is just admirable you know and I think that that is proof in itself that individuals can best manage themselves”, Baca said.

The governor’s Press Secretary Nora Sackett responded by saying “my only comment is that this is a public health crisis, a worldwide pandemic, and I see not mention of conferring with medical or scientific experts in the Senator’s letter”.

Read letter to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham

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