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Letter: Small businesses in NM need the public’s help

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Our New Mexico businesses and restaurants are suffering because they are being asked to carry the financial burden of the COVID-19 pandemic. They have had to reduce or completely eliminate services to help keep our communities safe. We know that state mandated lockdowns and stay at home orders are effective at slowing the spread of the virus but they come at a great cost to our economy, our local businesses, and our residents’ mental health.

But there is a much easier and more cost-effective way to slow the spread and stop COVID-19: Wear a mask. We must wear a mask every time we are outside our homes. It is a matter of life and death for many, and the very least we can do to keep our small businesses open, our workers healthy and our economy moving forward. Without all of us doing our part to stop the spread, more lockdowns will ensue.

All of us must work together: our local law enforcement, businesses and citizens supporting each other. Step up for New Mexico — wear a mask so we all can get through this and begin to rebuild our economy.

Rob Black

President & CEO

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