Let there be no doubt that COVID-19 is spiking across the country. Cases are exploding and hospitalizations are on the rise. The recent spike has governments scrambling to contain the virus. It appears that everything they do, however, has the same outcome: the people get poorer, the corporations get richer, and the virus continues to spread.
A recent move by the governor of New Mexico has citizens in shock as it is one no state has implemented. Because humans need to eat, one industry that has remained largely open during the entire course of the pandemic is the grocery industry.
Although they have implemented capacity limits inside stores, grocery stores, even mom and pops, have remained open. But that is no longer the case in New Mexico. If enough employees of a grocery store test positive for COVID-19, that store must now close.
Under Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s public health order, businesses with four or more rapid responses in a 14-day period have to shut down for two weeks. According to KOB4, grocery stores in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Roswell, Carlsbad, Farmington, Hobbs and Las Cruces, have been closed.
The governor is telling citizens not to worry, though, and that these closures won’t affect their access to the thing that sustains life.
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