News & Announcements
In response to the public health challenges presented by the COVID-19 outbreak, the Mayor is declaring a state of emergency effective today, March 13, 2020. This declaration of emergency allows for the City to have the necessary flexibility to respond to the rapidly changing situation. Click to view the Declaration of Emergency.
Pursuant to City Ordinance, the emergency declaration expires in 3 days. The City is convening an Emergency Meeting of the Governing Body on Monday, March 16, at noon to extend the declaration for an additional seven days, amend certain City personnel rules, and appoint Kyle Mason as the City’s “Local Coordinator of Emergency Management”.
The emergency declaration is similar to the Governor’s, and parallels the State’s guidance on public spaces and crowd size. It also allows the City Manager the ability to redeploy City employees to the tasks and places where they are most needed.
- No more than 100 people may assemble on a public street, parks, open areas, or public buildings
- The limitation does not refer to retail locations, commercial locations, or restaurants conducting business in the ordinary course of business
- The limitation does not apply to funerals or weddings, shelters, hospitals or healthcare settings
- City Manager will direct all available resources to address the emergency
- City Clerk will accept electronic signatures on legal documents
- City Council will consider amending and expanding use of Sick Leave during this public emergency
- The Mayor encourages local businesses to follow recommendations regarding “social distancing” as well as flexibility in sick leave policies
- The Mayor discourages hoarding and price gouging, recommends “buying local” to support Santa Fe businesses and using technology to stay in touch with and support everyone in the community.
Santa Fe will continue to deliver City services while doing its utmost to practice “social distancing” and reduce opportunities and locations for the spread of this virus. Please see the attachment for details of the proclamation and recommendations.