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Letter: Local agencies should enforce COVID safeguards

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In the past three months COVID-19 in Chaves County has taken an additional 4 lives, 362 additional infections, and our restaurants are still restricted from indoor serving. Many local businesses will likely not recover and will close permanently. It will take years for the families who have lost their jobs to recover financially.

Virtually every infectious disease expert around the globe says just the simple acts of wearing masks, social distancing, and frequent hand washing will largely prevent the spread of disease. Governor Lujan Grisham has mandated the same requirements statewide in an effort to limit the spread and to protect the health and the livelihoods of our citizens.

Unfortunately, our city and county elected officials have chosen to ignore these mandated safeguards at a huge cost to our citizens and to our economy. Some of our city counselors even want to sue the governor in order to lawfully continue this destruction.

At this point it should be obvious our current path is destructive, and it hasn’t worked to protect lives nor businesses. Governor Lujan Grisham is using every legal means to protect the citizens of our state and likely will not relax her mandates until this pandemic is under control. It is time for our county and city law enforcement agencies to start strict enforcement of the time-proven safeguards in order to limit the spread of the coronavirus for the protection of the physical and economic health of our city and county.

John Grogan
Roswell

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