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I, Daniel R. Barrone, as the duly elected and sworn Mayor of the Town of Taos, hereby do invoke those powers vested in the Office of the Mayor under Chapter 2.04 CIVIL EMERGENCIES of the Town Code and upon consultation with the Town Manager, Police Chief and Fire Chief, do declare, that a civil emergency exists, as defined in Section 2.04.010 of the Town Code, and, consistent with those powers therein granted under Section 2.04.020, do declare as follows:
That commencing Thursday, April 2nd at 10:00 pm local time and continuing thereafter each day until an order by the Mayor or Council is issued declaring this emergency to have ceased, a curfew shall exist within the corporate limits of the Town of Taos beginning at 10:00 pm each evening and continuing to 6:00 am each day, requiring all persons to forthwith remove themselves from the public streets, alleys, parks, rights of way, grounds or other public and semi-public places, whether on foot, bicycle, in vehicles of any type or by any other means of conveyance during the period of said curfew.
The following persons, vehicles and services shall be exempt from the curfew while in the conduct of official business:
That, consistent with Section 2.04.020.A. of the Town Code a copy of this Proclamation shall be delivered to the Chief of Police, who shall see that copies are therefore delivered to all news media within the Town, and who shall also use public address systems to notify the public of said proclamation and curfew hours and to warn the public that said curfew constitutes a misdemeanor and violators are subject to arrest.
Further, that, as Mayor, I direct that copies of this proclamation shall be provided to the Town Manager and Emergency Management Team, and to the Town Clerk for posting at the entrance to Town Hall, on the Town website, the Town’s Facebook site, distributed through the Town Council email list, and by publication in the Taos News, as the newspaper of record.
That the issuance of this emergency, as proclaimed by the Mayor herein, is consistent with the actions of the Taos Town Council taken on March 13,2020 under Resolution 20- 10 Declaration of Health Emergency for the Town of Taos declaring a state of emergency and empowering the Mayor and Town Manager to take all measures required for the health, safety and welfare of the town and its residents.
That said proclamation by the Mayor shall be in effect for 48 hours from its issuance and must, consistent with Section 2.04.040 of the Town Code, be affirmed by a majority vote of the Town Council prior to its expiration at a Special Meeting at 6pm on Friday, April 3rd, 2020 to be conducted and televised electronically, consistent with the directives of the Attorney General of the State of New Mexico to local governments for the conducting of meetings during this crises, and may be extended by the action of the Council in 48 hour increments by their granting the authority to the Mayor through Resolution 20- 10 on March 13,2020 Declaration of Health Emergency for- the Town of Taos and Resolution 20- 13 Reaffirming and Extending a Declaration of Civil and Health Emergency for the Town of Taos on April 3, 2020 to renew the proclamation of health emergency, declaring a health emergency and a daily curfew as long as required, or until either the Mayor or Council rescind said proclamation.
This proclamation of civil emergency and the accompanying declared curfew shall become effective at 10pm, Thursday, April 2, 2020
Proclaimed and declared this 2nd day of April, 2020
PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER NEW MEXICO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH CABINET SECRETARY KATHYLEEN M. KUNKEL
MARCH 23, 2020
Public Health Emergency Order Closing All Businesses and Non-ProfitEntities Except for those Deemed Essential andProviding Additional Restrictions on Mass Gatherings Due to COVID-19
WHEREAS, on March 1 1. 2020, because of the spread of the novel Coronavirus Disease 201 9 ("COVID- 19"), Michelle Lujan Grisham, the Governor of the State of New Mexico, declared that a Public Health Emergency exists in New Mexico under the Public Health Emergency Response Act, and invoked her authority under the All Hazards Emergency Management Act;
WHEREAS, COVID-19 continues to spread in New Mexico and nationally. Since, Executive Order 2020-004 was issued, COVID-19 infections in the United States have increased from 1,000 confirmed cases to over 30,000 confirmed cases;
WHEREAS, the further spread of COVID- 19 in the State of New Mexico poses a threat to the health, safety, wellbeing and property of the residents in the State due to, among other things, illness from COVID- 19, illness-related absenteeism from employment (particularly among public safety and law enforcement personnel and persons engaged in activities and businesses critical to the economy and infrastructure of the State), potential displacement of persons, and closures of schools or other places of public gathering;
WHEREAS, social distancing is the sole way New Mexicans can minimize the spread of COVID-19 and currently constitutes the most effective means of mitigating the potentially devastating impact of this pandemic in New Mexico; and
WHEREAS, the New Mexico Department of Health possesses legal authority pursuant to the Public Health Act, NMSA 1978, Sections 24-1-1 to -40, the Public Health Emergency Response Act, NMSA 1978, Sections 12-10A-1 to - 10, the Department of Health Act, NMSA 1978. Sections 9-7-1 to -18. and inherent constitutional police powers of the New Mexico state government, to preserve and promote public health and safety, to adopt isolation and quarantine, and to close public places and forbid gatherings of people when deemed necessary by the Department for the protection of public health.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Kathyleen M. Kunkel, Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Health, in accordance with the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the Laws of the State of New Mexico, and as directed by the Governor pursuant to the full scope of her emergency powers under the All Hazard Emergency Management Act as invoked through Executive Order 2020-004, do hereby declare the current outbreak of COVID-19 a condition of public health importance as defined in the New Mexico Public Health Act, NMSA 1978, Section 24-1-2(A) as an infection, a disease, a syndrome, a symptom, an injury or other threat that is identifiable on an individual or community level and can reasonably be expected to lead to adverse health effects in the community, and that poses an imminent threat of substantial harm to the population of New Mexico.
The following definitions are adopted for the purposes of this Order:
Definitions: As used in this Public Health Order, the following terms shall have the meaning given to them, except where the context clearly requires otherwise:
I HEREBY DIRECT AS FOLLOWS:
I FURTHER DIRECT as follows:
I FURTHER ADVISE the public to take the following preventive precautions:
- New Mexico citizens should stay at home and undertake only those outings absolutely necessary for their health, safety, or welfare. - Retailers should take appropriate action consistent with this order to reduce hoarding and ensure that all New Mexicans can purchase necessary goods. - Avoid crowds. - Avoid all non-essential travel including plane trips and cruise ships.
THIS ORDER amends the Public Health Emergency Order to Limit Mass Gatherings Due to COVID-19 issued on March 19, 2020, supersedes any other previous orders, proclamations, or directives in conflict.
Attest: DONE AT THE EXECUTIVE OFFICEMAGGIE TOULOUSE OLIVER THIS 24TH DAY OF MARCH 2020SECRETARY OF STATE
WITNESS MY HAND AND THE GREAT SEAL OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO
KATHYLEEN M. KUNKELSECRETARY OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICODEPARTMENT OF HEALTH