A dozen or more grocery stores in New Mexico have been forced to close for 2 weeks in order to comply with the public health order issued by Democrat Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.
This comes at a time when New Mexico residents are struggling with high unemployment and concerns about having enough food stored.
The Pinon Post reports “the shortage is causing a backlog at other grocery stores, which are limited by how many people can be inside at any current time. This is forcing New Mexicans to stand in lines outside for up to two hours.”
According to the Washington Examiner, the closures include mega stores including two Walmarts in Abuquerque and one in Santa Fe as well as an Albertson’s in Roswell, a Smiths Food & Drug Center in Albuquerque and New Mexico Food Distribution Center in Albuquerque.
Per the report “access to purchase food is now limited because of another order issued by the governor requiring capacity limitations at all stores. New Mexicans are now waiting outside, standing in line for up to two hours, local news reports indicate, which the governor’s office has disputed.”
According to Lujan Grisham’s office “the state is not forcing anyone to stand in a crowded line, as you suggest,” a statement disputed by the Pinon Post, which calls it “dead wrong” and includes photos showing crowded lines.