San Juan County businesses forced to remain closed while the rest of the state slowly reopens | KOB 4

San Juan County businesses forced to remain closed while the rest of the state slowly reopens

Diana Castillo
Updated: May 18, 2020 08:59 PM
Created: May 18, 2020 07:08 PM

FARMINGTON N.M.—When the state first shut down, Kortney Vick thought things would soon return to normal. Months later, much of San Juan County is still closed due to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's public health order. 

Vick owns Hidden Talent Art & Craft Studio where she normally teaches art classes to anyone willing to learn or to those who want to relieve stress. 


“A lot of people would tell me this is like their therapy, this is their happy place. This is where they come to relieve the stress of a normal work day and now more than ever it would be amazing if we can get back to having those classes” said Vick. 

But the classes remain empty, and they might stay that way for a while. San Juan County did not join most other counties across the state in reopening over the weekend. Instead, San Juan County entered the 'preparation phase' due to a high number of COVID-19 cases. 

“I understand that were in a unique area, and we have some unique differences that are making our numbers a little bit higher here but I know that everybody wants to be in this together and we all want to make this work and I know that if we had the opportunity to do that we would be just as well as the rest of the state," said Vick. 

The continued closure resulted in this mass protest last week. It was organized by Natalie Carter and her family, Rose Carter, Natalie Carter, Shannon Carter.

“All employers are essential, all of us are trying to keep our community going. It's devastating our community and our businesses will be lucky if we have half the business when this stuff is all over and done," the Carters said.

More than 500 people showed up to protest. The Carters plan to organize another rally this week. For now Kortney Vick and other business owners will continue limiting their services until they can open again. 



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