Published: 6:16 pm, Sat. Jul. 4th, 2020
STATEWIDE — The New Mexico State Police will continue to respond to, investigate, and potentially cite citizens or businesses who refuse to comply with the amended Emergency Public Health Order.
Residents and business owners are reminded that such emergency orders carry the full weight of law.
On June 30, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham extended the Public Order to July 15th, which requires all New Mexicans to wear personal protective face covering while in public. The New Mexico State Police will ensure the public and places of business adhere to this mandate.
Officers will issue a citation to individuals who intentionally disregard the Public Health Order’s face covering requirements under the Public Health Act (contrary to NMSA 24-1-1, a petty misdemeanor). The violation could carry a fine not to exceed $100 or imprisonment in the county jail for a definite term not to exceed six months.
Citations can be issued by all state and local law enforcement agencies in accordance with Section 12-10-10.
The New Mexico State Police are committed to maintaining the health and welfare of the citizens we serve. If you wish to report non-compliance with the public health order, email [email protected] or visit www.newmexico.gov/2020/03/25/how-to-report-non-compliance-within-a-business-a-violation-of-the-mass-gatherings-ban-or-other-violations-of-the-public-order.