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November 9, 2021

11-08-21 Proclamation of Emergency [PDF]

WHEREAS, pursuant to Santa Fe City Code (SFCC) 1987, Section 2-1.3, "Powers and Duties of the
Mayor," the Mayor has, within the city limits, the power confe1Ted on the sheriffs of counties to
suppress disorders and keep the peace;
WHEREAS, the City's Emergency Declaration Ordinance Section 20-1, authorizes the Mayor to
proclaim that a state of emergency exists, after consultation with the emergency manager, chief of
police, and/or fire chief;
WHEREAS, such an emergency proclamation allows the Mayor to prohibit and/or require certain
actions to protect life and property and to preserve public peace and safety;
WHEREAS, SFCC l 987, Section 2-16, defines ''emergency" to include a "public health or medical
emergency and other ccwTences "requiring an emergency response, or any other condition that
wanants action to protect ii fe, property or the environment";
WHEREAS, on January 30, 2020, the World Health Organization announced the emergence of a
novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (referred to as "COVID-19") and on January 31, 2020, the United
States Department of Health and Human Services Secretary declared a public health emergency due
to the virus;
WHEREAS, on March 11, 2020, Michelle Lujan Grisham, the Governor of the State of New Mexico,
declared a Public Health Emergency exists in New Mexico and on March 12, 2020, Kathyleen M.
Kunkel, then the Cabinet Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Health, declared the COVID-
19 outbreak a condition of public health importance;
WHEREAS, the spread ofCOVID-19 in New Mexico and the City of Santa Fe has killed, harmed,
impaired economically, and suppressed the wellbeing of the residents of the City, rosulting in an
ongoing and significant negative impact on the social, ec nomic, and overall quality of life f the
residents of Santa Fe;
WHEREAS pursuant to the foregoing clauses, I declared an emergency to exist in the City on March
13 2020, (Proclamation I), March 23, 2020 (Proclamation. II), May 26 2020 (Proclamati n 111), July
27, 2020 (Proclamation N) September 28, 2020 (Proclamation V)· November 30, 2020
(Proclamation Vl); January 30, 2021 (Proclamation Vll)· March 29 2021 (Proclamation Vlll)· May
24, 2021 (Proclamation lX)· July 11, 2021 (Proclamation)(); August 9, 2021 (Proclamation XI); and
September 27, 2021 (Proclamation XII);
WHEREAS, former Secretary Kunkel, formerly acting NMDOH Cabinet Secretary Billy Jimenez,
former Secretary Tracie C. Collins, and acting Secretary David R. Scrase, M.D., have issued a serie
of Public Health Orders and Amendments, approximately 52 of them, beginning on March 13, 2020
with the most recent issued on October 25, 2021, imposing various restrictions on activities within
New Mexico;
WHEREAS, according to NMDOH data, there are a growing number ofCOVID-19 cases in New
Mexico, including 13,467 cases in Santa Fe County as ofNovember 5, 2021;
WHEREAS, according to the CDC,,
the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus continues to be the primary variant nationwide and in New
WHEREAS, according to NMDOH data, there have been 172
COVID-19 deaths as ofNovember 5, 2021;
WHEREAS, according to the Center for Disease Control ("CDC") director Rochelle Walensky, the
vast majority of cases, hospitalizations and deaths are occurring among the unvaccinated population
with the unva.ccinated 11 times more likely to die from COVID-191;
WHEREAS, more than 2,817,266 doses of the three COVID-19 vaccines the Food and Drug
Administration has authorized with full approval in the United States have been administered in New
Mexico, but rates of initial vaccination have decreased significantly over the course of the last few
WHEREAS, the CDC continues to recommend that, in counties with "High" or "Substantial"
contagion risk, vaccinated persons wear facial coverings inside;
WHEREAS, unvaccinated persons continue to face a significantly higher risk of infection,
hospitalization, and death, particularly in close-contact, indoor settings, and particularly when in
close-contact with unvaccinated persons;
WHEREAS, According to NMDOH data, over eighty-two percent (82.5%) of eligible Santa Fe
residents have completed a vaccination series and over ninety-three percent (93.3%) have had at
least one shot;
1 Press Briefing by White House COVID-19 Response Team and Public Health Officials,
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ite-house-covid-19-response-team-and-public-hea lth-officials-55/
WHEREAS, the FDA has approved the administration of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for those
aged 12-17 and has approved the administration of the same vaccine for those aged 5-11;
WHEREAS, Santa Fe is a national and international tourist destination and neighboring states
and countries of origins for tourists are hotspots in percent increases in cases;
WHEREAS, despite its high vaccination rate, Santa Fe County still has a "High" transmission
rate, based on the CDC's classifications and estimates of cases per 100,000 persons and test
positivity rates, at 166.93 and 8.07% respectively as of November 5, 20212;
WHEREAS, according to a study published in Science, the duration of effectiveness of vaccines
may be decreasing for at least some populations3 and a booster has recently been approved for
high-risk populations;
WHEREAS, emergency relief funds are available from a number of sources for tenants who are
behind on their rent and utilities payments, but the funds continue to be difficult to access for some
residents who remain at risk of eviction due to the financial impacts of the pandemic;
WHEREAS, the City's Utilities Department works with residents who need to set up a payment plan
in order to avoid water shut-offs;
WHEREAS, recently, according to the City's public safety officials, there has been a spike in the
acuity of behavioral health (substance use disorder and mental health) episodes;
WHEREAS, the Governor's emergency order requires facial coverings in all indoor public settings
and adherence to pertinent COVID-Safe Practices;
WHEREAS, since imposing Proclamation XI's requirement that employees either disclose a fully
vaccinated status or tum in COVID-19 test results on a weekly basis, the City's documented
vaccination status increased from approximately fifty percent ( 50%) to nearly eighty percent (79 .8% );
WHEREAS, consistent with the requirements that the City began to enforce for its workforce in
September, beginning January 4, 2022, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently
announced that it will require businesses with 100 or more workers to ensure either that their workers
are fully vaccinated or test negative for the coronavirus at least once a week;
WHEREAS, during a state of emergency declared by the New Mexico department of health or
recognized by the world health organization as a pandemic, the Santa Fe City Code SFCC Section
20-1.4(E), authorizes the City Manager to exclude or limit the public from in-person attendance at
2 https://covid .cdc. gov/covid-data-tracker/#countyviewl
New%20Mexjcol Risklcommunity_ transmission_ level
3 meetings, provided that the public may witness the meeting, either by telephone, the internet, or on
television, and provided that the meeting provides adequate means for public participation to satisfy
constitutional due process;
WHEREAS, Section 20-1.4(E) also authorizes the City Manager to cancel any Governing Body,
City Council standing committee or standing committee meeting prior to commencement of such
meeting to preserve the public health, safety, and welfare·
WHEREAS, Proclamation XII expired at noon today, November 8, 2021; and
WHEREAS, certain orders I previously issued remain necessary to protect life and property and
preserve the public peace and safety of the people of Santa Fe· other order 1 previously issued
require updating to address the continuing pandemic; and certain new orders will improve the City of
Santa Fe' pace of recovery from, and limit the harm caused by, the pandemic.
THEREFORE, I, ALAN M. WEBBER, Mayor of the City of Santa Fe, New Mexico, hereby
declare, that a public health emergency continues to exist in the City. As a result, events have
caused and are causing danger of injury or damage to persons and property within the city. I hereby
invoke all Section 2-1.3, and Sections 20-1.2 through 20-1.5 of the Santa Fe City Code of 1987, to
preserve the peace and order in the City of Santa Fe.
In particular, I take the following actions:
I. I order the following:
a. City facilities may accommodate public use while maintaining the applicable COVID-Safe
Practices (CSPs) and when such use is not difficult or impossible with regards to in-person
public meetings;
b. The City Manager shall address the public health emergency by
i. maintaining the level of in-person City services and access to facilities that are
currently available, to the extent that is possible in a safety-conscious manner, and
increasing in-person services when and as local infection rates decrease again;
ii. directing City employees, as applicable, to perform emergency functions;
iii. facilitating the continued application of the policy adopted to evaluate and address
the public health and safety risks, including illegal activity, flash floods,
environmental compliance of, and locations of encampments, and to provide residents
of such encampments with access to available social services, including transitional
housing in furtherance of the Built for Zero initiative to eliminate chronic
homelessness, to avoid removing encampments, other than encampments in City
parks, when leaving them in place furthers the purposes of this Order;
iv. work with the Human Resources Department in enforcing the policies regarding
COVID-19 Safe Practices for City employees and policies for in-person work and
telework for staff as appropriate; and
v. updating the conditions of employment for vacant positions to include maintaining
full vaccination status for COVID-19;
c. Resources of the City shall be used to address the emergency as reasonably necessary,
including the following:
i. Only persons wearing a facial covering may enter City facilities;
ii. If a member of the public requiring indoor services has a medical reason to not wear
a facial covering, City employees shall find a reasonable way to accommodate
providing services to that member of the public that does not include admitting the
member of the public into the City facility and putting employees and other members
of the public at risk; and
iii. City employees must either
a. Provide documentation of their full COVID-19 vaccination, as defined by
the CDC; or
b. Provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test on a weekly basis.
iv. All vaccination records and test results shall be submitted pursuant to guidance
issued by the City Manager and shall be maintained as confidential.
v. Employees who refuse to abide by the above documentation and confidentiality
requirements may be subject to disciplinary action.
d. While the State's facial covering order is in place and when the CDC rates the County of
Santa Fe's COVID-19 transmission rate as either "High" or "Substantial", facial coverings
are required for all persons inside City buildings, except when eating, drinking, or swimming,
or when in enclosed, private spaces that are not shared with others.
e. Regardless of the applicable CDC transmission rating, when inside the publicly accessible
areas of City facilities employees, and other City actors, such as committee members and
contractors, must wear a facial covering.
f. Regardless of the applicable CDC transmission rating, employees, and other City actors,
such as committee members and contractors, may only engage in public business inside City
facilities without a facial covering when the State's order ceases and they are both (1) fully
vaccinated (two weeks after final dose); and (2) in areas of City facilities that are not open to
the public. "Open to the public" includes areas where the public is present and areas the public
may enter with or without an appointment. An area is not open to the public if it is fully
enclosed by walls and a door that separates the area from an area accessible to the public. An
area with a partial barrier between City actors and the public is open to the public.
g. Before entering City facilities, members of the public shall review the posted COVID-19
Screening Questions regarding their COVID-19 positivity risk. Entry into City buildings is
prohibited if the answer to any of the following screening questions is yes:
i. Are you currently experiencing, or have you experienced in the past 14 days, fever
of 100.4 degrees or greater, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, sore
throat, new loss of taste or smell, chills, body aches, nausea, diarrhea, or vomiting?
ii. Are you unvaccinated, and either
a. In the past 14 days, had close contact with anyone that you know had
COVID-19 or COVID-like symptoms? "Close contact" includes being 6
feet or closer for more than 15 minutes with the person; or
b. Been tested for COVID-19 and are waiting to receive test results?
v. In the past 14 days, has a public health or medical professional told you to selfmonitor,
self-isolate, or self-quarantine because of concerns about COVID-19
h. Mayor Pro-Tern Signe Lindell, City Manager J arel LaPan Hill, and Finance Director Mary
McCoy are my substitute signatories for emergency obligation of funds during the pendency
of the declared emergency;
i. The City Clerk shall accept electronic signatures, including scanned copies of hard-copy
signature, on legal documents, including but not limited to contracts, property documents,
ordinances, resolutions, etc., and shall attest to electronic signatures of the Mayor and City
Manager or their designees, if submitted by the signatory through the signatory's email;
j. Until the New Mexico Supreme Court lifts its injunction and to allow time for tenants to
apply for and obtain relief funds, landlords are prohibited from trucing action towards evicting
residential tenants who are unable to pay rent due to COVID-19. This order does not seek to
change the obligation of a tenant to pay rent and strongly encourages landlords and tenants to
seek relief funds and landlords and tenants to discuss of payment plans;
k. The moratorium on water shut-offs will continue in order to allow customers the
opportunjty to seek a payment plan and/or relief funds, and to allow the Utilities Department
to facilitate customers' access to relief funds while charges will continue to accrue and be
1. Unless a healthcare provider instructs otherwise,
i. persons in Santa Fe must wear a facial covering as required by federal and
state, laws, rules, and regulations and as provided in this Order for City
facilities and City employees and agents; and
ii. local businesses and employers may require facial coverings for clients,
employees, and customers;
1. Businesses and non-profits shall comply with the State-issued CSPs to the extent applicable,
which are accessible online: htlp ://cv .<.; id-sate-practices/; and
m. Employers shall not retaliate against employees for seeking to comply with CSPs, this
Order, or CDC guidance, advocating that their place of business follow CSPs, this Order or
CDC guidance, or reporting non-compliance with this Order or CDC guidance.
II. Further, based on the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control, National
Institutes of Health, and other governmental, medical, and public health experts, I
strongly recommend that all individuals comply with official recommendations from
the CDC and comply with any mandatory directives issued by the CDC regarding the use
of face masks.
III. In addition, I advise residents and visitors to the City to take the following actions
and/or precautions:
a. Obtain full vaccination against the COVID-19 virus. Available locations are posted
on https :/ / cwaccine.rnnhealth. org:
b. Even when not otherwise required, wear a facial covering in close-contact situations
with unvaccinated persons and persons whose vaccination statuses are unknown;
c. Seek relief funds for overdue rent and utilities payments. Available sources include
the following:
1. For rent and/or mortgage assistance, from the following sources:
I. For renters, the Emergency Rental Assistance Program:
bttps:// ; and
2. For homeowners, the State of New Mexico Mortgage Finance
RASSISTANCEFUND/Participant, 505-308-4206, 866-488-0498, or
11. For assistance with utilities payments, the following organizations have
resources: Rent Help NM (linked above with rental assistance sources),
Adelante Santa Fe Public Schools, Connect, St. Bede's Episcopal Church, St.
Vincent de Paul, The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Help New
Mexico, Life Link, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Income Support Division,
Salvation Army, Communities in Schools New Mexico, and Westminster
Presbyterian Church;
d. For utilities payments that are overdue to the City, set up a payment plan by calling
Utility Billing's main number 505-955-4333 and selecting option "2";
e. A void contact with people who are sick;
f. If you are unvaccinated,
1. practice "social distancing", by maintain six ( 6) feet between yourself and
ii. A void handshaking; and
111. A void all non-essential travel, including plane trips and cruise ships. g. Wash your hand often with s ap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after
blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing, or having been in a public place;
h. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least sixty
percent ( 60%) alcohol·
i. To the extent possible, avoid touching high-touch surfaces in public places, such as
elevator buttons, door handles, and handrails;
j. Use a tissue or your sleeve to cover your hand or finger if you must touch something;
k. A void touching your face, nose, and eyes; and
1. Clean and disinfect your home to remove germs: practice routine cleaning of
frequently touched surfaces (for example, tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles,
desks, toilets, faucets, sinks, cell phones, and other electronic devices).
IV. I also encourage the following:
a. To the greatest extent possible, all residents should practice safe and hygienic conduct
as the City begins to re-open, as described in Section II of this Order, above;
b. Landlords should work with their tenants to obtain the maximum relief funds available
for past-due rental payments;
c. Utilities should work with their customers to obtain the maximum relief funds
available for past-due utilities bills;
d. Event planners should seek testing and vaccinations for performers, vendors, and
other traveling participants to the greatest extent possible, preferably vaccination
before arrival and testing for unvaccinated participants;
e. Local businesses should offer paid sick leave whenever feasible;
f. Local businesses should limit non-essential travel for work;
g. Local businesses should continue to allow employees to work from home where
h. Local businesses should, to the extent feasible, respond to requests from the City to
contribute to and participate in such activities and efforts as may assist in responding
to the current COVID-19 health crisis;
1. Residents should, to the extent feasible without compromising other advisories,
patronize and shop at local businesses, merchants, and vendors;
J. Residents should sign up for "Alert Santa Fe" at;
k. Residents shou]d register for the COVID-19 vaccine at and update their profile regularly·
1. Residents and visitors should get tested regularly for OVTD-19, regardless of
vaccination status and symptoms;
m. Residents and visitors should also get tested when and if they have symptoms or are
unvaccinated and know they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should
obtain COVID-19 testing, either in person at one of the many local testing sites,
searchable on the NMDOH website (
or at home, using a self-administered saliva test, available at
https://leam.vaulthealth. · m/nm/; and
n. Residents should call 1-855-NMCRISIS (1-855-662-7474) if they or omeone they
know is having a behavioral health (substance use dismder or mental health) crisis
and need assistance.
V. Effective Date
I hereby declare that this Proclamation will become effective upon my signature and order
the City Manager to disseminate the contents hereof to the public by appropriate news
media and any other means at her disposal.
VI. Term.
This Proclamation of Emergency may be extended for such additional periods of time as
determined necessary by Resolution of the Governing Body of the City of Santa Fe, New




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