by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project:
Albuquerque, NM — Let there be no doubt that COVID-19 is spiking across the country. Cases are exploding and hospitalizations are on the rise. The recent spike has governments scrambling to contain the virus. It appears that everything they do, however, has the same outcome: the people get poorer, the corporations get richer, and the virus continues to spread.
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A recent move by the governor of New Mexico has citizens in shock as it is one no state has implemented. Because humans need to eat, one industry that has remained largely open during the entire course of the pandemic is the grocery industry.
Although they have implemented capacity limits inside stores, grocery stores, even mom and pops, have remained open. But that is no longer the case in New Mexico. If enough employees of a grocery store test positive for COVID-19, that store must now close.
Under Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s public health order, businesses with four or more rapid responses in a 14-day period have to shut down for two weeks. According to KOB4, grocery stores in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Roswell, Carlsbad, Farmington, Hobbs and Las Cruces, have been closed.
The governor is telling citizens not to worry though and that these closures won’t affect their access to the thing that sustains life.
The governor’s office issued a statement to KOB4 News TV, saying, “There is no community in the state of New Mexico where COVID-19 closures have closed off all food and water or medicine options for any community or group of people. Every single community where the virus is forcing closures has alternate stores, alternate resources. Moreover, stores are only ordered closed for the protection of public safety when the store’s staff members have an abundance of COVID-19 infections among them – surely you and everyone in New Mexico can agree that not one of us would like to be shopping among staff that are contagious.”