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State Police: Face mask order will be enforced

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The New Mexico State Police will enforce a state order requiring the use of face coverings in public.

According to a Friday night announcement ahead of the July 4 holiday, the police agency indicated that it “will continue to respond, investigate and potentially cite citizens or businesses who refuse to comply with the amended Emergency Public Health Order.”

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham extended the June 30 public order to July 15th. Among other things, that order requires all New Mexicans to wear a personal protective face covering while in public, unless eating, drinking or exercising or unless advised against it by a health care professional.

“New Mexico State Police will ensure the public and places of business adhere to this mandate,” the news release stated.

The announcement indicated that officers will issue a citation to individuals who intentionally disregard the public health order face-covering requirements. Under Public Health Act, the offense is considered a petty misdemeanor, the release stated.

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The violation could carry a fine of up to $100 and imprisonment for up to six months, and citations can be issued by all state and local law enforcement agencies.

The release also indicated that people who want to report noncompliance can email the state at Covid.enforcement@state.nm.us.