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SANTA FE – Republican Party leaders and small-business owners called on Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to allow more businesses to reopen – with safety provisions in place – to save jobs and limit damage to New Mexico’s economy.
In a conference call Monday, they said the public deserves a clear plan for safely lifting some of the restrictions that have closed gun shops, liquor stores and retail establishments amid the virus outbreak – which has so far contributed to 31 deaths in New Mexico.
Lujan Grisham said her administration is working on a recovery plan to allow more businesses to restart operations. But in an op-ed column she sent to the Journal on Monday, she cautioned that it is too soon to reopen businesses.
“No one is more eager than I am to lift our stay-at-home orders and declare New Mexico open for business,” she wrote. “But as public health experts remind us, we are not anywhere close to that point.”