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New Mexico casinos and race tracks to remain closed through 15 May

23 April 2020

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Thursday, 23 April that she is extending the public health emergency order until 15 May to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Per the order, all guidance and advisories issued by the governor and secretary of health are in effect through at least 15 May, including casinos, horse-racing facilities and restaurants and bars (except for pickup and delivery).

In a Facebook post, the governor wrote, "Between now and May 15 we will be in the preparation phase for a gradual and safe reopening of segments of our economy. The state will get direct input from business and employee groups in industries across the state – and we will make health-driven decisions about safe reopening procedures."

Below is the complete message:

"Here’s the deal: We’re not ready to ease up. New Mexico will be extending its public health emergency orders through at least May 15th.

Does that mean we haven’t made progress? No. If you are staying home, your actions have saved countless – truly countless – lives, and will save many more.

Between now and May 15 we will be in the preparation phase for a gradual and safe reopening of segments of our economy. The state will get direct input from business and employee groups in industries across the state – and we will make health-driven decisions about safe reopening procedures.

I want to be crystal clear: While we’re making progress, we are not yet out of the woods. We will not be able to reopen everything on May 16. The virus will not be gone. The pandemic will not be over. There is no magical date.

Pandemic recovery is not a flip of a switch; it’s the turn of a dial. No one wants to be locked down – everyone wants to hug their loved ones, we all want businesses to be able to open. But simply wanting this to be over will not get us there. And so – we will stay the course, while making preparations for the next steps."

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