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New Mexico mayors sign letter urging state to end shutdown

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (The Santa Fe New Mexican) — The New Mexico Business Coalition has sent a letter signed by 19 mayors  to the governor pleading for an end to the order that closed nonessential businesses statewide to prevent the the coronavirus from spreading.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reported that Grants Mayor Martin “Modey” Hicks encouraged small businesses to reopen Monday and has implored fellow mayors to do the same. The letter to Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham questions the state’s death projection and cites unprecedented unemployment numbers and pending bankruptcies.

Lujan Grishman spokeswoman Nora Meyers Sackett says elected officials trying to disregard public health orders put communities' health at risk.