As part of renewed efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus in the state, New Mexico's health authorities issued a public health order that has resulted in the temporary closure of a dozen grocery stores, including Walmart stores in Albuquerque and Santa Fe.
The order requires any business, even if essential, to close for two weeks if four or more coronavirus infections among employees are reported within a two-week period. As of Dec. 4, a number of restaurants, fast-food outlets and other businesses have also been shut down by the order.
Grocery stores are otherwise open, along with other essential businesses. According to the state's orders, a store may not exceed "may not exceed either 25% of maximum occupancy or 75 customers at any one time," whichever is smaller.