Albuquerque city leaders to follow state’s 'gradual' plan to reopen | KOB 4

Albuquerque city leaders to follow state’s 'gradual' plan to reopen

Tommy Lopez
Updated: May 01, 2020 05:14 PM
Created: May 01, 2020 03:44 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- New Mexico’s economy opened up a little more Friday with Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s amended stay-at-home order taking effect.

The city of Albuquerque is continuing to form its plans to loosen restrictions on businesses, and officials gave an update on what else people may be able to do in the city in the next few weeks.

“We’re going to be able to follow this staggered, methodical, gradual process to reopen,” Mayor Tim Keller said, speaking over a live online video feed. 

The city’s update brought good news for golfers. 

“Fore! The golf courses in Albuquerque are going to be open starting on Saturday,” Parks and Rec director David Simon said.

KOB 4 found golfers out Friday enjoying the links at the private Albuquerque Country Club.

When city courses open up Saturday, people will have to make a reservation and there will be more spacing between players.

“The data here in Bernalillo County has shown that we’ve done a great job in slowing the spread, but it’s important to remember that it was because we put these strong mitigation measures in place, and that everyone in the community did their part to help keep Burqueño safe,” Environmental Health Director Ryan Mast said.

With all the struggles in the northwest part of our state, caution was still the theme on Friday.

“Whether we like it or not, we’re all in this together and so I think this is just the appropriate strategy for the time, and we hope it helps as much as it can,” Keller said. 

Many local businesses still have questions about what they can and can’t do come mid-May. Keller says the city is working on getting answers before then.

What’s next? 

Government leaders hope to start Phase 1 in about two weeks, which will mean a limited number of people could be able to go inside more businesses, including stores, restaurants, salons and gyms.

The city is working on getting other services up, like libraries, zoos and museums. They will have new guidelines and limits.

What about sports?

Keller says it’s possible that the Albuquerque Isotopes and New Mexico United could take the field as early as July, but he’ll have to huddle up with their respective leagues before then.

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