Governor temporarily restricted from enforcing restaurant closures and fines

Santa Fe, NM – Today a District Court Judge issued a temporary restraining order against Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and the New Mexico Secretary of Health in response to the administration’s extreme tactics for compliance in the state’s economic shutdown. 

“Fortunately, it looks like our liberties matter much more than any one politician’s mandates, the temporary restraining order issued today will no doubt give our restaurant employees a much needed sense of relief in the wake of their job uncertainty” said House Representative Zach Cook (R- Ruidoso). “While it is unfortunate that the virus is still prevalent, this temporary ruling is a win for each and every New Mexican’s constitutional rights.”
Lujan Grisham has been under tremendous pressure over the past several weeks following months long restrictions in economic activity, including recent updates to her orders which inflicted further restrictions to the restaurant and brewery industries directly. The singling out of one specific industry led to virtual and in-person protests across the state, demanding that the administration adjust it’s antagonistic re-closure of New Mexico businesses.

“One person cannot make all the decisions for New Mexico, the Governor was elected to work for the people and unfortunately some of her decisions have really hurt New Mexicans,” House Republican Leader Jim Townsend (Artesia). “If the Governor and her staff had not made this political, I believe that our state would have continued to slow the spread as we were just a few weeks ago.”

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TRO-Issued-7.20.20