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New Mexico governor orders no indoor restaurant dining, no fall football or soccer due to virus

New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham points to her face mask as she discusses people wearing them.
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New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham points to her face mask as she discusses people wearing them.

SANTA FE, New Mexico -- Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham called it "a tough pill to swallow for many New Mexicans" as she rolled back the state's re-opening because of a significant uptick in coronavirus spread.

Lujan Grisham announced the below-listed measures on Thursday, citing accelerating rates of infection across large expanses of the state including population centers in Albuquerque and Las Cruces.

  • Indoor restaurant dining and brewery seating is prohibited again; only 50% capacity for outdoor dining; takeout and delivery still allowed.
  • Fall contact sports such as football and soccer for public schools, and also recreational leagues for all ages, are cancelled. All other fall sports will be cancelled if school reopening has to be delayed.
  • People exercising outdoors will now be expected for the first time to wear a mask — including runners.
  • State parks are closed to anyone from out of state. All park guests must provide proof of New Mexico residency; still no overnight camping allowed.

The sweeping revisions listed above to the state’s standing public health order will go into effect Monday, July 13.

The governor also said she is weighing whether possibly to cancel or delay the state’s scheduled Aug. 3 return to school classrooms if the spread of the virus cannot be reined in by more responsible behavior such as wearing masks in public and avoiding gatherings, including family celebrations.

“There has been significant community spread in our state since New Mexico opened more businesses,” explained state Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel, “and that spread has not been sufficiently mitigated with Covid-safe behaviors like face-coverings. Without those behaviors and strategies being uniformly adopted, the best way to reduce transmission is to reduce the opportunity for spread."

As of Thursday, there were 238 new cases and six additional deaths across the state. That brought total cases to 14,251 and 533 fatalities to date. Bernalillo and Doña Ana counties, encompassing Albuquerque and Las Cruces, reported the most new cases.

There were 21 new cases in Doña Ana County to take its total to 1,306. In neighboring Otero County in southern New Mexico, there were two new cases for a total of 67. The Otero County Prison had one new case for a total of 727 in an outbreak that has infected more than 80% of the prison's population.

New Mexico’s seven-day average rate for positive tests has crept upward to 3.9%, according to data from the the Covid Tracking Project. Adjacent Arizona led all states with a roughly 27% rate.

Below you can see county-by-county data for virus cases and deaths across New Mexico. The data comes from Johns Hopkins University, so the numbers may sometimes vary a bit from what's reported by the state health department. (The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

Jim Parker

Jim Parker is the Director of Digital Content for ABC-7.



          1. We all know you are in fact Alberto. The section 8 welfare queen. The gig is up dolt. Give it up. BTW – You too embarrassed to admit you are Alberto. Get treatment. Can’t blame you.

  1. Listen to the idiots crying because Governor Grisham did the right thing. NM cases: on a donward slope. TX, AZ, anf FL cases: rapid rise in cases. Go figure.

    1. It’s fake news markturner aka Alberto the moron. NM cases on a downward slope? Where? Then why impose more restrictions. You don’t make any sense. Compared to New York and California Texas, Arizona and Florida are doing great.

      1. but if NM was on a downward slope why is it shutting back down? How steep of a slope and what is allowed as far as spike? Who is advising her is a good question since the health secretary’s resignation?

        1. She received data that the little opening she allowed was causing a slight increases in cases. She is determined to protect the health of New Mexicans unlike her counterparts in Arizona and Florida.

          1. The problem is you can’t attribute the rise to restaurants alone, that is pure speculation. What the problem is to me is that she alone gets to decide what is essential and what’s not, maybe illegally we’ll find out. Does she need to make decisions sure but it just sounds more like punishment. Her not mentioning any word about spread during protests only makes me believe her response is political.

          2. B.S. She is grandstanding and pandering to the NM leftists and her supporters. BTW – Why are you so ignorant?

      2. You that daft and living in a bubble? Essential businesses in Texas never closed moron so no reopening. Duh! BTW – So what non-essential businesses or activities are causing the spike? ………crickets?

  2. Of course there’s more “cases,” but the DEATH RATE IS GOING FOWN EVERYWHERE.

    These Democrat governors are coordinating this economic slow walk and it’s so obvious.

    Keep Texans away from your crappy lakes? Pffft. So stupid.

  3. “People exercising outdoors will now be expected for the first time to wear a mask — including runners.” Now that’s a really dumb one. Good luck enforcing that.

    1. It’s all part of the democrat plan. She wants her citizens, to be fat, poor, unemployed, uneducated and dependent on the government for everything. Get ready for the breadlines. Liberalism is a disease.

    1. You mistakenly attribute facism and nazism to the democrats when they are the opposite in political theory. Those political theories are more connected to conservative political thought and practice. They have some good courses in political science at EPCC. Why don’t you sign up for one?

  4. What about people from Chaparral, NM? They come into NE El Paso constantly to shop, work, rob houses, vandalize things, etc. Will they be required to follow Gestapo Grisham quarantine orders? Oh please do. Most Chaparral residents are the lowest of the low and bring a real stench to the nicest part of NE EL Paso.

          1. What an idiot. Sorry my granny was living in Virginia during WWII. The only chango here is you Alberto. Chango sin cola.

          2. My bad Feo. Nazi Conservatism is alive and well in 2020 Virginia. Why don’t you get in your jalopy and drive there so you can join your Virginia Nazi clan before the Jews in El Paso get a hold of you and beat you to a pulpy mess.

          3. Man are you stupid and delusional. Virginia 2020? My granny passed away back in the 70’s idiot. But she could kick your sorry ass. Unlike you Jewish people in El Paso are nice. I’ve been to the holocaust museum. I know you haven’t.

        1. Yep. That’s why Jews are 71 % Democrats. Because according to you Liberalism is aligned with Nazism. All of a sudden they love Nazis. Wow magga, you are really confused. Go back to bed and when you get up again try drinking some REALLY strong coffee to clear the cobwebs from your confused mind.

          1. Not accurate, More Mark Turner misinformation. It’s really hard to believe how many people on this site actually really on YOU for their information. 71% of Jews voted for Clinton. That does not mean they are Democrats. I actually have Jewish Democrat friends who now Trump and will vote for him in November. That doesn’t make them Republican. But if you want to play that game I can make stuff up too. 84.334988% of Muslims are democrats. Now why would Jews support the same party as Muslims? This, however, is a fact, 100% of Democrats are dumbasses.

          2. Sorry idiot. 71% Democraps? Not this year. Leftist progressive socialist Democraps like New York Mayor de Blasio and the AOC crowd pissed them off. What until you see the election results this year. LMAO.

  5. *’Alberto’ is like NATO constantly calling a non NATO country a REGIME befie5 ganging up on it to cooperate with group norm, get it the Albertos up in here, switch to become a ditto-heads like ALL REPUBLIKKLANS

  6. Thanks to the orange buffoon, we won’t have to worry about Republicans after November 3. Even the few Republicans who possessed a modicum of decency are now toast.

  7. Bunch of backwoods inbred idiots. That could be the only reason why all these Pubican right wingers are so uninformed and love each other so much. Pay attention kids, Mark is your teacher, children. So no talking in class while he tries to drill some sense into your gene pool. And he’s right, Alberto is your invisible buddy who messes with you all the time whether you are sleep or awake. You take after your ignorant, uneducated fat ass posing as a president. Do like him and grab all the pussy you can.

      1. Go straight to the Principal’s office, young man. And stay there until you learn to respect your teachers. Your parents WILL here about this.

        1. You need to be put in a straight jacket nut job. To see insanity in person just look in the mirror. Alberto the schizo psychotic. Don’t forget to take your anti-psychotic meds. LMAO.

  8. Start listening to Reason, son. Your parents feed you, clothe you, and send you to school for what? So you can hang out after school with other juveniles who don’t respect teachers? Hey Mark, this one is turning out to be a Republican without a Cause. Sheesh!

  9. Hey Feo. Elie Wiesel ought to climb out of his grave just to give you a good old ass kicking for your anti-Semitic comment “Nazis were real conservative for killing people.” Go to the Holocaust Museum and say that see what happens.

    1. Why are you such an idiot. That’s not what I said. I said “Yeah the Nazis were real conservative about killing people.” Which was a sarcastic pun directed back at your idiot psycho buddy markturner preaching to the choir. Not even an anti-semetic comment. Come on Alberto we all know you hate Jews.

  10. The orange buffoon separated children from their parents at the border. Himmler separated children from their parents at the railheads at Dachau.

    1. You forgot. Obama locked kids up in cages back in 2015. Dachau? I’ll bet you’ve never been there. I have. Right outside of Munich. Interesting but sad place. BTW – Keep on putting your foot in your stupid mouth. LMAO.

      1. Obama housed unaccompanied minors until they could find safe sponsors and relatives. When they did, the kids were released. These kids showed up at the border sans parents. They weren’t separated from their parents.

          1. Oh look it’s that dumabass Gollum aka Alberto the idiot. I bet you have the volume with all the Gollum pics. You are so fugly my precious. LOL.

    2. Yeah, and they were just being conservative according to these bigots. Imagine what else they would have done if they weren’t Conservative!

  11. Supreme Court majority, including Conservatives gave your fat ass president an ass kicking. I don’t know, I might start to like Conservatives. I love New York courts. Next year when your dunce of a president gets kicked out of office New York will have a ball looking at his tax returns. New York, New York, the city so nice they named it twice!

    1. You are an idiot. What makes you think they will find any criminal activity on his tax returns? No one files a tax return with the intention of incriminating themselves. BTW – His tax returns will only be seen by a Grand Jury if it ever gets that far. Vance was bluffing. His actions was to get the tax returns for the House Democrats which failed.

  12. But I regress. New Mexico and Texas governors are at least trying to do something about the Pandemic, however, Trump and Pence the original Bobsey twins are doing nothing. Just waiting for a Miracle. Newsflash, miracles don’t happen to hypocrites who only think of God when it benefits them.

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