A New Mexico city council has voted to ignore Democrat Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s coronavirus lockdown orders and have allowed their businesses and schools to reopen.
On Monday, the Roswell City Council held an emergency session to consider the governor’s lockdown orders and to reassess the city’s earlier decision to ignore the governor’s previous lockdown rules.
Monday’s meeting didn’t change hearts for Grisham’s draconian orders as Councilman Jacob Roebuck introduced a motion to have the city’s schools reopened and government offices to continue normal operations. The resolution added that all city services and offices must seek permission from the council before shutting down for more than 48 hours, according to KOAT, Channel 7 TV.
“Now, COVID-19 is a highly contagious virus that is widespread and can be fatal to those with compromised health and the elderly,” Roebuck said during the meeting. “To help stop the spread of this highly-contagious virus, the governor of the state of New Mexico has implemented a series of lockdowns and other restrictions.”
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“The negative side of these lockdowns has been a financial impact especially brutal on the poor, … a negative [educational] impact on children, an increase of depression and suicide, an increase of domestic violence, an increase in drug and alcohol abuse, and a decrease in preventative care, including vaccines special to children, and health screenings, especially cancer,” the councilman added.
“There’s no evidence that we can snuff out the virus with shutdowns,” Roebuck exclaimed.
The resolution passed the council in a 5-4 vote.
The governor’s office immediately went on the attack essentially calling the city council of being a super spreader.
“Roswell is one of the worst COVID-19 hotspots in the entire country right now – not just the state of New Mexico,” Grisham press secretary Nora Sackett said in a statement. “Holding such an event with little regard for public health, especially when it could be held virtually, is deeply disappointing and risked worsening a dire public health situation.”
The meeting in New Mexico comes on the heels of a mass protest in Long Beach California where residents and business owners gathered to protest California’s draconian lockdown orders.
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