New Mex Gov Closes Roads And Locks Down Town Of Gallup
All roads leading into Gallup New Mexico have been closed down in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus after the small town has been hit exceptionally hard
After a request from the Mayor of Gallup, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has enacted the Riot Control Act for the town. Under the act Gallup is essentially shut down and all roads leading into Gallup are closed
“Effective at 12 p.m., May 1, all roads into Gallup are closed. Businesses in the city of Gallup will close from 5 p.m. through 8 a.m. Vehicles may only have a maximum of two individuals. Residents of the city should remain at home except for emergency outings and those essential for health, safety and welfare,”
– Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham
Gallup is located about 100 miles west of Albuquerque and has approximately 22,000 residents. The town has been hit particularly hard with the coronavirus. The town has 1,027 confirmed cases and 19 deaths. In New Mexico there are 3,411 cases and Gallup has the highest number of cases.
“McKinley County has more than 30 percent of the state’s total positive COVID-19 cases and the most positive cases in the entire state, outstripping even far more populous counties.”
– Governor Grisham
Mayor Jack McKinney had sent a request to the Governor to invoke the Riot Control Act saying the town was experiencing a crisis
“The virus has caused many deaths, stretched medical facilities and resources to their capacity, and adversely impacted the welfare of the city of Gallup. Our community is unable to adequately address the outbreak without the imposition of certain restrictions necessary to regulate social distancing, public gatherings, sales of good, and the use of public streets.”
– Mayor Jack McKinney
The Riot Control Act for Gallup is in effect until noon on May 4.
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