Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller announced Wednesday that the city will be taking new steps to help control the spread of COVID-19.
Keller said the Albuquerque Police Department will increase enforcement of thestate's public health order.Noncompliance with the order could result in a citation.
“We still have been doing interactions for enforcement, 147 of those in the last seven days," Keller said. "And over the month of October, we’ve had 351 educational interactions across issues from face mask wearing to social distancing to indoor seating to occupancy load.”
According to the city, it responded to 19 occupancy issues. In October, the number has risen to 32.
Violations of the public health order could be considered a misdemeanor, which comes with a $100 dollar fine and could escalate to six months in jail or both.
Businesses could also receive a $5,000 fine.
"We are working on, with our state partners, on a targeted enforcement blitz, probably this weekend," Keller said. "Like any sort of blitz operation, like DWIs, we don’t want to share all those specific details, but we are going to let you know we are going to be drastically ramping up enforcement.”
Keller also reminded young people to avoid gathering in crowds or parties.
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