Updated: May 01, 2020 06:01 PM
Created: May 01, 2020 11:18 AM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has locked down the City of Gallup. Outgoing Mayor Jackie McKinney and new Mayor Louis Bonaguidi had both requested the governor invoke emergency powers under the state's Riot Control Act.
"A lot of people just don't seem to take it serious," Bonaguidi said. "It's an epidemic, it's killing people.
All roads into Gallup were closed at 12 p.m Friday.
Gallup police and the McKinley County Sheriff's Department will partner with New Mexico State Police, the New Mexico Department of Transportation and the New Mexico National Guard to enforce the emergency order and road closures.
Under the Riot Control Act, the restrictions will terminate automatically at noon on the third day after they become effective. The Gallup emergency is effective immediately and therefore will expire at noon on May 4.
"We'd just like to get a grip on it," Bonaguidi said. "We'd like to see this virus over within two weeks instead of prolonged through the summer."
Anyone who fails to comply with restrictions is guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction of a second or subsequent offense is guilty of a fourth-degree felony.
McKinley County has reported over 1,000 cases of COVID-19 — more than 30% of New Mexico's total COVID-19 cases.
??COVID-19 UPDATE??— Michelle Lujan Grisham (@GovMLG) May 1, 2020
Effective noon today I am enacting further temporary restrictions to slow the spread of #COVID19, temporarily locking down the city of Gallup at the mayor’s request. pic.twitter.com/ThtMmZgieo
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