ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — After some confusion surrounding the operation of plant nurseries that prompted some temporary closures, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office has made it clear: nurseries selling live plants are allowed to stay open, but only through curbside or delivery service.
Nurseries must also continue to take social distancing precautions and abide by the mass gathering rule that prohibits five or more people gathering in a room or in an outdoor space where they can’t be at least six feet from each other, according to Governor’s Office spokeswoman Nora Meyers Sackett.
Nurseries had been temporarily closed following an now-amended April 11 public health order classifying those businesses as non-essential.
“It’s way more labor intensive to do business this way,” said Glenda Mostek, executive director of the Colorado Nursery & Greenhouse Association.
Mostek, whose organization represents 13 nurseries in New Mexico, said nurseries have been busy and having to field many phone calls to process orders.