City of Santa Fe officials are trying to put the best face on the cancellation of three key summer markets due to the coronavirus outbreak, but there’s no denying the body blow to the local and state economy.
Of course, it goes without saying that public safety is the first concern, but the decisions to cancel the Santa Fe Indian Market, the International Folk Art Market and the Traditional Spanish Market will result in untold suffering both for artists and vendors in New Mexico and for artisans from around the globe.
The loss of the markets will also inevitably cause serious damage to restaurants, retailers, galleries and hotels in Santa Fe. But Randy Randall, director of tourism for the city of Santa Fe, remains optimistic about the summer tourist season.
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