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A MESSAGE TO THE COMMUNITIES OF ANGEL FIRE, EAGLE NEST, RED RIVER, TAOS, TAOS SKI VALLEY, QUESTA, COLFAXX COUNTY AND TAOS COUNTY FROM YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS We, as your County Commission Chairpersons, and Town and Vilage Mayors, have pledged to do all that we can to keep our residents safe and to minimize the spread of the virus within our communities. Together, we are fully committed to following the Public Health Orders issued by the Governor and Secretary of Health of the State of New Mexico that are now in effect through April 30th. Important changes and additions are as follows: Short-term vacation rental of rooms, apartments or houses must cease operation until at least April 30th. Hotels, Motels, and RV Parks that are permitted to continue to operate have now been ordered to decrease their occupancy to 25%. Keeping these facilities open will offer housing to much needed health care workers who are coming to help expand medical capacity, and local healthcare workers who can't return to their home for fear of infecting their families after being exposed. These facities are akso housing other essential workers, such as companies constructing critical infrastructure in our communities like water, sewer and roads, so that these workers aren't going back and forth each day between the job sites and wherever they may live that would increase the riskof inter-community transmission. Last of all, they are providing temporary housing for local families that cannot stay in their home because a member of their household may have tested positive for the virus and is being self-quarantined at the family home. Under the new Publik Health Oeder the list of businesses that must close to the public has also grown, the definitions of "essential" and "non-essential"businesses has been further clarified to provide better guidance, and those that remain open must limit the number of persons allowed in the store at any one time as a percentage of their licensed occupancy, and must observe minimum distancing between patrons, both in the store and for those waiting in-line to enter a store. Those that fly to New Mexico are required to sell-isolate for 14 days, and this order may be made mandatory by state agencies charged with its enforcement, il neglected. Additionally, we are formally requesting that EVERYONE exercise appropriate preventive practices and self isolate when coming to New Mexico from out of state. The Governor and Health Secretary have ordered that all New Mexicans avoid any unnecessary travel, especially overseas or to states that are known COVID hotspots. Importantly, this includes all non-essential travel to known actively infected COVID-19 areas within New Mexico. Each of us have received many requests from our permanent residents to close our communities to second home owners. Simply put, there is no legal authority to do sa The Governor and Health Secretary have stated that community spread is already occurring in almost every county and that all New Mexicans should STAY AT HOME AT ALL TIMES for the duration of this public health outbreak, Unless you have a job that allows you to continue to go to work, or you need to leave your home for reasons that are absolutely necessary for your health, safety, or welfare, you are asked to stay home in self isolation. This includes ALL of us, even elected officials. No one is exempt. The models being used by the State show that New Mexico will be entering its peak around April 24th. Since the virus eequires weeks to incubate, what we do now will determine who will get infected, how severe the impact will be, whether our rural services will be overwhelmed, how many might die as a result of our actions, and how long it will take us to recover. We recognize and applaud al of our businesses that have found creative ways to continue to both serve the public and keep your lights on, to continue to pay your employees. or that have sacrificed so much when you have closed your doors to keep the rest of us and your employees healthy and alive. To all of our first responders, doctors, nurses, store clerks, stockers, delivery drivers and countless others who are work- ing long hard hours making sure that our needs are met, that we continue to be safe, and we have food on the table, we sincerely say "THANK YOur As your elected officials, we want you to know that your local govemments, your hospital and your first responders have your back. We are prepared for this. We hear your concerns, frustrations and ideas and are acting on them, as are the Governor and Health Secretary. Together, we can handle this. Working together, with your cooperation, we will beat this. Chairman Tom Blankenhorn, Taos County Chairman Bobby Ledoux, Colfax County Mayor Jo Mixon, Angel Fire - Mayor Richard Cordova, Eagle Nest Mayor Linda Calhoun, Red River Mayor Dan Barrone, Taos / State Representative, District 42 Mayor Christoff Brownell, Taos Ski Valley - Mayor Mark Gallegos, Questa A MESSAGE TO THE COMMUNITIES OF ANGEL FIRE, EAGLE NEST, RED RIVER, TAOS, TAOS SKI VALLEY, QUESTA, COLFAXX COUNTY AND TAOS COUNTY FROM YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS We, as your County Commission Chairpersons, and Town and Vilage Mayors, have pledged to do all that we can to keep our residents safe and to minimize the spread of the virus within our communities. Together, we are fully committed to following the Public Health Orders issued by the Governor and Secretary of Health of the State of New Mexico that are now in effect through April 30th. Important changes and additions are as follows: Short-term vacation rental of rooms, apartments or houses must cease operation until at least April 30th. Hotels, Motels, and RV Parks that are permitted to continue to operate have now been ordered to decrease their occupancy to 25%. Keeping these facilities open will offer housing to much needed health care workers who are coming to help expand medical capacity, and local healthcare workers who can't return to their home for fear of infecting their families after being exposed. These facities are akso housing other essential workers, such as companies constructing critical infrastructure in our communities like water, sewer and roads, so that these workers aren't going back and forth each day between the job sites and wherever they may live that would increase the riskof inter-community transmission. Last of all, they are providing temporary housing for local families that cannot stay in their home because a member of their household may have tested positive for the virus and is being self-quarantined at the family home. Under the new Publik Health Oeder the list of businesses that must close to the public has also grown, the definitions of "essential" and "non-essential"businesses has been further clarified to provide better guidance, and those that remain open must limit the number of persons allowed in the store at any one time as a percentage of their licensed occupancy, and must observe minimum distancing between patrons, both in the store and for those waiting in-line to enter a store. Those that fly to New Mexico are required to sell-isolate for 14 days, and this order may be made mandatory by state agencies charged with its enforcement, il neglected. Additionally, we are formally requesting that EVERYONE exercise appropriate preventive practices and self isolate when coming to New Mexico from out of state. The Governor and Health Secretary have ordered that all New Mexicans avoid any unnecessary travel, especially overseas or to states that are known COVID hotspots. Importantly, this includes all non-essential travel to known actively infected COVID-19 areas within New Mexico. Each of us have received many requests from our permanent residents to close our communities to second home owners. Simply put, there is no legal authority to do sa The Governor and Health Secretary have stated that community spread is already occurring in almost every county and that all New Mexicans should STAY AT HOME AT ALL TIMES for the duration of this public health outbreak, Unless you have a job that allows you to continue to go to work, or you need to leave your home for reasons that are absolutely necessary for your health, safety, or welfare, you are asked to stay home in self isolation. This includes ALL of us, even elected officials. No one is exempt. The models being used by the State show that New Mexico will be entering its peak around April 24th. Since the virus eequires weeks to incubate, what we do now will determine who will get infected, how severe the impact will be, whether our rural services will be overwhelmed, how many might die as a result of our actions, and how long it will take us to recover. We recognize and applaud al of our businesses that have found creative ways to continue to both serve the public and keep your lights on, to continue to pay your employees. or that have sacrificed so much when you have closed your doors to keep the rest of us and your employees healthy and alive. To all of our first responders, doctors, nurses, store clerks, stockers, delivery drivers and countless others who are work- ing long hard hours making sure that our needs are met, that we continue to be safe, and we have food on the table, we sincerely say "THANK YOur As your elected officials, we want you to know that your local govemments, your hospital and your first responders have your back. We are prepared for this. We hear your concerns, frustrations and ideas and are acting on them, as are the Governor and Health Secretary. Together, we can handle this. Working together, with your cooperation, we will beat this. Chairman Tom Blankenhorn, Taos County Chairman Bobby Ledoux, Colfax County Mayor Jo Mixon, Angel Fire - Mayor Richard Cordova, Eagle Nest Mayor Linda Calhoun, Red River Mayor Dan Barrone, Taos / State Representative, District 42 Mayor Christoff Brownell, Taos Ski Valley - Mayor Mark Gallegos, Questa