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March 13, 2020
City Follows Health Emergency Order, Takes Proactive Precautions

In order to be proactive in protecting the safety and well-being of our community, the City will be cancelling or postponing all City of Santa Fe large scale events.  This action is in response to the Public Health Emergency Order issued by the New Mexico State Health Secretary, prohibiting gatherings of more than 100 people. The City of Santa Fe is taking the following actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to safeguard the public’s health.  All closures, cancellations, and postponements are effective through Sunday, April 5, 2020.  The City will continue to monitor current health recommendations and best practices and provide updates. 

 

Senior Centers will close. Meals on Wheels and transportation services will continue.

The City’s four senior meal sites (Pasatiempo, Consuelo, Luisa, MEG) will be closed starting Friday, March 13, 2020 for all congregate meals and City-sponsored senior activities. Seniors who utilize our centers and services were provided advance notification of the potential closure. To ensure that seniors still receive meals, the City will identify those who are at risk and who rely on senior services for their nutrition in order to ensure they will be able to pick up meals or receive Meals-on-Wheels. To coordinate service through Meals-on-Wheels, please call 505-955-4700.

Transportation services will be limited to seniors with medical conditions, effective immediately. This will avoid unnecessary exposure for high-risk seniors.

 

City-sponsored community events and camps are cancelled.

City-sponsored events and camps are postponed or cancelled through April 5, 2020.  Events include, but are not limited to:  Spring Break Camps at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center (GCCC) and the Monica Roybal Center; the City After School program; Easter Egg Hunt; all City league sponsored tournaments (volleyball, basketball tournament, etc.).

Recreation Centers and City Libraries are still open at the moment, but classes, meetings, and activities will be cancelled starting Friday, March 13, 2020.

 

Majority of City meetings are cancelled.

City meetings, advisory board meetings and subcommittees are cancelled for the next two weeks with the exception of the Governing Body, Finance Committee, Public Works, Public Utilities, Planning Commission, Historic Districts Review Board, Early Neighborhood Notification (ENN) meetings, and Archaeological Review Committee. These meetings will be held; special arrangements are in development to provide video or phone conferencing alternatives for participation.

 

 

Most City services will continue.

The City of Santa Fe will continue to provide all other services.  This emergency health situation continues to change and evolve. The City will continue to monitor emerging health recommendations and best practices to make decisions on any closures, policies, or practices.  We will provide regular updates on our website, social media, and on Alert Santa Fe.  Please sign up for Alert Santa Fe to receive emergency updates by visiting www.santafenm.gov/alertsantafe

 

The City encourages private employers to take similar precautions.

  • Prevention is still the priority
  • Wash your hands
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Cover a sneeze or cough
  • Wipe down surfaces that are touched by or shared by others
  • Use “social distancing” as a way to avoid contact as much as possible
  • The proper distance to avoid exposure is a minimum of 6 feet
  • Avoid shaking hands (bump elbows instead)

Only the New Mexico Department of Health (DOH) can coordinate testing for COVID-19. It is offering testing to patients who fit a specific profile of symptoms and risk factors. The hotline number for the New Mexico Department of Health is 855-600-3453.

 

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