City will Continue COVID-19 Health Order Enforcement Push Over the Weekend

Ongoing effort to stem latest COVID spike with widespread compliance

October 30, 2020

The City of Albuquerque will extend its Public Health Order Enforcement Blitz at least through this weekend, as cases continue to remain dangerously high in the Metro Area. From October 22 through October 26, a City-led enforcement blitz focused on getting individuals and businesses to comply with the state’s public health order yielded more than 300 notices of violation.

The push, timed to help stem the latest spike in COVID-19 cases that threatens the health of New Mexicans and the capacity of the health care system, also led to more than 1400 compliance actions and seven citations when individuals or businesses refused to comply with the orders. APD also responded to 14 complaints for parties and issued seven notices of violations.

Mayor Tim Keller said, “We are continuing to see a large spike in COVID-19 cases, and it is critical that we get these numbers back down. We will continue our citywide effort this weekend, bringing together six different departments to help get every neighborhood in Albuquerque on the same page when it comes to stopping COVID-19. Our focus continues to be on problem areas for spread risk like parties, big box stores, and sports bars across all four quadrants of the city, while keeping APD focused on violent crime.”

Like last weekend, this weekend’s blitz will include inspectors or officers from the Fire Marshal’s Office, Code Enforcement, Environmental Health, Parks and Recreation, and the Albuquerque Police Department.

As COVID cases continue to spike, the City will continue targeted enforcement blitzes where necessary, and will continue to respond to 311 complaints to investigate, gain compliance, and issue citations if needed.

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Emergencies challenge the delivery and management of emergency public information, warning and emergency protective action notifications. The Albuquerque Joint Information Center (JIC) functions as a coordinated Albuquerque Metro Area public information system that will gather and analyze data related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in New Mexico and serve as a source of accurate and comprehensive information.