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January 15, 2021
NM Dept. of Public Safety Announcement for Downtown Businesses

 

January 15, 2021

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN,

This is to advise you that, in accordance with the authority of the New Mexico Department of Public Safety ["DPS"], New Mexico State Police ["NMSP"] Division, set forth in Sections 29- 2-27 and 29-2-28, NMSA, 1978, to provide security and protection for the governor and the legislature when it is in session, and the concurrent jurisdiction of the NMSP for the protection of all public buildings, grounds and property of the state government, including but not limited to the state capitol and the state capitol complex, and in accordance with the City of Santa Fe Special Event Permit No. 4694, issued by the City of Santa Fe on January 14, 2021, DPS hereby gives notice that the intersections hereinafter identified, allowing ingress and egress to the area of the state capitol and the state capitol complex, will be closed to the public, beginning Saturday, January 16, 2021, at 8:00 am until midnight or as needed, and continuing day to day thereafter, until such time as the NMSP believes that it is safe to reopen the areas in and around the New Mexico State Capitol.

The intersections are:

  • Paseo de Peralta at Old Santa Fe Trail
  • Paseo de Peralta at Don Gaspar
  • Avenue Paseo de Peralta at Webber
  • Manhattan Street at Galisteo Street
  • Galisteo Street at Cerrillos Road Cerrillos Road at W. DeVargas
  • W. Alameda Street at Don Gaspar Avenue
  • E. DeVargas and South Capitol
  • E. DeVargas and Old Santa Fe Trail

Barriers will be erected at these intersections. NMSP Officers, City of Santa Fe Police Department officers, and Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office deputies, as well as members of the New Mexico National Guard, pursuant to an emergency authorization by the Governor, will staff these posts and advise those attempting to enter or leave these areas that ingress and egress will be denied. An exception will be made to the prohibition on ingress and egress for properly credentialed members of the New Mexico Legislature and their staff, the media, residents (home owners, renters and those residing temporarily in hotels), business owners and employees.,. Proper credentials consist of a government issued identification, such as a driver's license or passport and proof of residence or employment in the restricted area. Upon request, a driver, bicyclist or pedestrian shall present the proper credentials to a law enforcement officer before being allowed ingress and egress to the area within the perimeter of the aforementioned intersections. A map of the area closed to the public is attached hereto as Exhibit A.

In addition to the intersection closures, a fence has been erected around the State capitol, within the restricted area. Members of the public, except those members of the legislature and their staffs and the media, are strictly prohibited from entering or exiting the capitol and the capitol complex until such time as the area is reopened to the public.

Anyone violating the prohibitions on ingress and egress set forth above, is subject to citation or arrest and prosecution for violations of the New Mexico Criminal Code, including but not limited to Section 30-14-1, et.seq., criminal trespass, inter alia.

NMSP is dedicated to its mission to protect the capitol, those inside the capitol, and those in and around the capitol complex. NMSP is, however, equally dedicated to enabling each of you to travel safely and efficiently to and from your residences, hotels and places of employment, while the necessary security measures are in place. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience you experience during this time and thank you in advance for your patience.

As we move forward into this 2021 legislative session and mark the inauguration of a new president, we ask that, "if you see something, say something." Call 911 if you have or see an emergency. If you witness any suspicious activity, please email the Department of Homeland Security at [bot protected email address]

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