We have been informed that the Carlsbad Albertsons and other grocery stores now have a clear path forward for re-opening. Carlsbad’s Albertsons plans to re-open on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at 6 a.m.
In a press release sent Tuesday morning, the New Mexico Environment Department said a voluntary surveillance testing and contact tracing agreement program was implemented to prevent mandatory 14-day closures triggered by state rapid responses to COVID-19 cases.
The agreement requires that essential businesses conduct regular COVID-19 testing among staff, as well as assist with contact tracing efforts. Positive cases at the place of business discovered during this testing do not count toward the mandatory 14-day closure requirement. The agreements not only allow essential businesses to avoid mandatory closure, but it clears a path allowing for businesses to re-open if they are currently closed. Albertsons had originally been ordered shut until Dec. 2
Thank you again to Albertsons and their parent company, United Markets, for all of their hard work, especially David Beaty, John Jameson and Sidney Hopper. During this frantic past week, Albertsons was able to donate a large amount of its food and even other essential items to local charities.
Our local legislators, the Chamber of Commerce, the county and the entire community all assisted in discussions with the Governor’s office and the New Mexico Environment Department. Thank you as well to our other local grocery stores who did an excellent job handling the increased workload over the past week. Businesses such as Healthy Choices and Lakeside Meats really stepped up as well.
Our grocery stores are under an incredibly high level of scrutiny right now and are working hard to remain in compliance with all rules and reduce the spread of COVID-19. The best thing we can do to assist them is to wear masks when we go to the store and cooperate with their posted procedures.
There are, of course, an incredible number of hurdles remaining, especially the clear need to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community and around and the state and region. The anticipated re-opening of Albertsons helps reduce the lines at our stores, but the limit to the number of people who can enter each store at one time still exists.
Additionally, many of our local businesses are still unable to offer in person services as part of the two-week statewide reset designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19. That two-week period ends next Monday, at which point a county-by-county system using gating criteria to determine re-opening is supposed to go into place. We are currently unaware of what that gating criteria will be.
The best way we can help these businesses is to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 while also participating in every single curbside or online program they offer. Please continue to support your local businesses in every way you can.
Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway