Non-Essential Retail Businesses Are Allowed To Be ‘Open’

By RYN HERRMANN
Director
Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce

Now more than ever our small businesses need our support. Tuesday some non-essential businesses in Los Alamos were visited by the New Mexico State Police who said they were following up on reports by concerned citizens that these businesses were open illegally.

Under the Governor’s Public Health Order amended last Friday, non-essential retail businesses are allowed to be open for curbside pickup and delivery. Do not be concerned if you see lights on and people working inside non-essential retail businesses. Just like the restaurants, they are allowed to provide curbside pick and in some cases delivery.

The Amended Public Health Order: https://cv.nmhealth.org/public-health-orders-and-executive-orders/frequently-asked-questions/

Are all businesses closed?

No, businesses are not closed. But all businesses are under restrictions, mostly on in-person activity. Essential businesses — like grocery stores, pharmacies, shelters and some essential ‘retail’ spaces — may operate with decreased occupancy and operations. Non-essential businesses and entities — like gyms, salons, restaurants, breweries, golf courses, movie theaters, state parks, offices and more — must reduce in-person operations by 100%. Retail and food and drink establishments may provide pickup and delivery services, but on-site dining is prohibited.

Nothing in the public health order precludes businesses from operating remotely or employees from teleworking.

You might see cars in front of some non-essential retail businesses as customers are doing curbside pick-up. Please do not be concerned. This means that people are supporting our businesses and making purchases, which is desperately needed right now! 

I encourage everyone to please continue to safely support our businesses by shopping online, getting take-out or delivered food, buying gift cards or whatever you can do to help them. And when we are hopefully open again soon, please do what you can to continue to support our businesses. Shopping during this time of year is often what keeps small businesses open all year. So, on Small Business Saturday, please take advantage of the tax holiday and shop local.

These business owners are our friends and neighbors, and they need our help now. So please, shop safe and shop local!

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