LA MESA, NM (KTSM) — New Mexico has a number of the strictest COVID-19 guidelines in impact, making Gov. Greg Abbott’s announcement that its masks mandate expires Wednesday a welcome factor for some New Mexicans who plan to convey their dollars to Texas quickly.
A girl who lives in La Mesa, N.M., a couple of 30-minute drive to El Paso, stated she has encountered quite a few points with New Mexico’s masks mandate, regardless that she has a medical masks exemption.
Marci Braddock tells KTSM 9 Information that she has a health care provider’s notice that she carries together with her in all places she goes explaining that she can’t put on a facemask, however has nonetheless had bother procuring.
Braddock’s masks exemption letter
“Difficulties in grocery shops, retail settings, backyard shops and that has been irritating,” stated Braddock, including that being turned away from shops doesn’t trouble her as a lot as not having the ability to get some medical care.
“I wanted to get my eyes checked. One physician refused to honor my medical exemption. One other one, I did get seen, however I realized that I wanted cataract surgical procedure and, sadly, the surgeon is blocking at offering the surgical procedure to me due to my masks exemption.”
Braddock informed KTSM she believes that with Gov. Greg Abbott lifting the masks mandate in Texas beginning March 10, that extra New Mexicans will journey to El Paso since New Mexico nonetheless has a masks mandate in place.
“I feel El Paso will profit from Gov. Abbott’s actions, and Las Cruces will endure as will the remainder of New Mexico,” stated Braddock.
El Pasoan Douglas Daniels says he understands why New Mexicans could need to journey to El Paso.
“I don’t blame them a bit as a result of everyone appreciates freedom,” stated Daniels. “Have been all grown up’s we will make our personal choices.”
Whereas New Mexico resident Mike Duran says he won’t be touring to El Paso and thinks the masks mandate shouldn’t be lifted in Texas.
“That’s most likely going to occur and if they’re going to come throughout I recommend that they masks up and keep protected, if not for themselves, for different individuals.”
An El Paso small enterprise proprietor says she could be completely happy to get extra enterprise whether or not or not individuals put on a masks.
“I’ve seen a direct influence on the masks mandate and the way it actually has damage our enterprise. So I feel individuals feeling extra comfy and perhaps not having to put on the masks and if we’re going to get some of us in from New Mexico to buy so long as they’re procuring regionally I feel that’s truly going to assist our companies,” stated Kristin Drake an El Paso small enterprise proprietor.
KTSM 9 Information requested El Paso Metropolis officers about individuals touring from New Mexico because the masks mandate is lifted.
“We’re asking our whole group to proceed carrying a masks, and observe social distancing,” stated El Paso Hearth Chief Mario D’Agostino. “Whereas we’re opening we need to be sure that we’re caring for ourselves so we ask the general public irrespective of who it’s or the place you’re from to proceed carrying a masks.”
On Wednesday, the mayor of El Paso and county decide held a press convention to handle Abbott permitting all Texas companies to reopen at 100-percent capability and lifting the masks mandate.
Mayor and County Decide maintain press convention about Texas reopening
Each Mayor Oscar Lesser and Decide Ricardo Samaniego requested the group of El Paso to nonetheless put on masks, however defined that it’s as much as particular person companies whether or not or not they need to require masks.
Leeser and Samaniego added that each one Metropolis and County amenities will nonetheless require face masks.