After more than a decade of serving Carlsbad’s residents and visitors the Trinity Hotel and Restaurant was ordered to close completely after it defied New Mexico’s COVID-19 public health order and kept offering dine-in service weeks after such operations were ordered to cease.
Indoor dining across the state was shutdown by the state in March when the pandemic was first discovered but reopened in June when the spread appeared to decline.
But on July 13, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham ordered that indoor dining be banned again amid an apparent resurgence of the virus throughout the state.
But two Carlsbad restaurant owners continue to serve patrons inside despite the health order, and afterward their food service permits were suspended by New Mexico Environment Department.