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City Council Extends Mayor’s Emergency Proclamation

The Las Cruces City Council unanimously approved an extension to Mayor Ken Miyagishima’s Emergency Proclamation 2020-06 at a Special Meeting conducted via video conference on Friday, Oct. 30, 2020.

The Mayor signed the Proclamation at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26 and it became effective at 6 a.m. Oct. 27, 2020. The Proclamation was initially in force for 72 hours until the Council’s 7-0 vote Friday to extend the sanctions for an additional four days.

Mayor Miyagishima invoked Las Cruces Municipal Code Sections 9-35 through 9-41 to preserve the peace, health, welfare, and safety in the City of Las Cruces, specifically calling for the following actions:

  1. That previous Emergency Proclamation 2020-05 and the requirements of that proclamation shall remain in effect.
  1. That all City indoor recreational facilities be closed for the next seven days. However, the closures do not include the Las Cruces Regional Aquatic Center which currently adheres to the State of New Mexico COVID Safe Practice guidelines.
  1. Increased security and enforcement at the Las Cruces Farmer’s Market to ensure that all entrants wear required face coverings, in accordance with All Together New Mexico COVID Safe Practices.
  1. The City of Las Cruces shall allocate resources that will facilitate safe compliance with the Governor’s Executive Orders, the State of New Mexico Emergency Public Health orders, and the City of Las Cruces Emergency proclamations. This includes the enforcement of face-covering requirements at public outdoor facilities and in private businesses.

The Las Cruces Municipal Code authorizes the Mayor to proclaim that a state of emergency exists in the City, after consulting with the emergency manager, chief of police, or fire chief.

All the City’s Emergency Proclamations have been in support of and have reiterated Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s Executive Orders tied to the public health emergency created by the novel coronavirus disease, also known as “COVID-19.” The Governor’s Executive Orders, the Emergency Public Health Orders, and the City of Las Cruces Emergency Proclamations have been implemented as emergency measures intended to slow the spread of COVID-19 and to reduce the potentially devastating effects of the disease.

Additionally, the City Council expressed its desire for increased enforcement requiring the use of face masks. City Manager Ifo Pili said direction will be given to Las Cruces Police Department to step up enforcement.

To emphasize the use of face masks, the City Council wants to provide Las Cruces Utilities residential customers and people living in apartments with free masks. Doing that would be in addition to the “Mask Up Las Cruces” events regularly conducted by the City’s Quality of Life Department. The Council said the initiative’s goal is to provide a face mask to every Las Crucen.

The Council also indicated an interest in possibly enacting a curfew and considering other restrictions aimed at reducing the spread of COVID-19 in Las Cruces. Future proclamations proposed by the Mayor, or formal ordinances or resolutions would have to be presented to City Council for formal action in a properly noticed, public meeting.

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