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Updates on City Closures and Adjustments to Services: March 24, 2020

Spring break programs canceled, transit to operate on Saturday schedule, NM Supreme Courts Halts Evictions

March 24, 2020

In response to the coronavirus outbreak in New Mexico, the City of Albuquerque is continuing to adjust how services are delivered to help prevent the spread of the virus.

According to a release by the New Mexico Supreme Court today, there is a temporary moratorium on evictions for inability to pay rent during the COVID-19 outbreak. Under the Court’s order, judges will stay the execution of writs of restitution issued on or after today, March 24. Tenants will need to provide the court with evidence of their current inability to pay their rent.

Last week, the Mayor wrote a letter to the New Mexico Supreme Court requesting a moratorium on evictions, and thanks the Court for taking this action.

In addition, the City’s Health and Social Service Centers is continuing to take donations and distribute funds to help people who cannot pay their rent or afford other basic necessities like groceries and diapers. To donate, make checks payable to FCS Health and Social Services and mail them to one of the following locations:

  • Alamosa Health & Social Service Center - (505) 836-8800 - 6900 Gonzales SW, Albuquerque, NM 87121.
  • Los Griegos Health & Social Service Center - (505) 761-4050 - 1231 Candelaria NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107.
  • John Marshall Health & Social Service Center - (505) 848-1345 - 1500 Walter SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102.
  • East Central Health & Social Service Center - (505) 767-5700 - 7525 Zuni SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108.

Below is a listing of new City closures and adjustments:

Citywide

  • All City buildings are closed to the public, as of 5 p.m., March 24. This includes City Hall. Signs will be posted instructing people how they can access the County Clerk’s office.

Transit

  • Beginning Saturday, March 28, all service will operate on a Saturday schedule for the foreseeable future.
  • ART service will suspend entirely on Saturday, March 28.

City Clerk

  • All hearings are either postponed or will be held remotely.

Planning Department

  • Plaza del Sol will be closed to the public.
  • Permitting will continue via telephone, while inspections and field work will continue as normal.
  • A drop box will be set up for applicants to drop any paperwork. Staff will pick up and review submissions and then set a time for applicants to pick up any permits.

Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority

  • All walk-in payment locations are temporarily closed. Payments may be mailed or made online.

Parks & Recreation and Citywide Youth Programs

  • All Spring Break youth programs are canceled.
  • City golf courses are closed.
  • All playgrounds in City parks are closed, although the parks themselves will remain open.
  • Maloof Air Park is closed.
  • Horsemen’s Complex is closed; however, owners must continue to care for their animals.

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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.