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Public health order to expire this week: What will this mean for New Mexico’s restaurants?

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —

New Mexico's current public health order is set to expire on Thursday.

As the order stands right now, restaurants are only able to do outdoor seating at 50% capacity.

Restaurants are waiting to figure out their fate: Will the governor extend the current order, or will she allow indoor dining again?

The decision could be a make or break for local eateries that are struggling after five months of business impacted by covid-related closures and regulations.

The Farmacy, a brunch and lunch spot in Nob Hill, says business is down 60 to 70 percent.

"Now with only using 50 percent of the patio, you're looking at really only being able to use 25 percent of your entire capacity," Jacob Elliot, the restaurant's owner, tells KOAT.

With these regulations, he can only keep seven tables open for customers.

"At this rate, we can kind of hold out. We’ve squirreled away our loan money," Elliot says. "But eventually we’ll need to see an increase in capacity to stay afloat because you’re only at 25 percent of your total capacity, but you still have 100 percent of the rent and bills to pay."

Although the restaurant is struggling to stay afloat, Elliot and his employees stand with Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and the Department of Health's data.

He says, if cases are still going up this week, he and his staff will support her decision to not move into a new phase.

Elliot chose to not reopen indoor dining at The Farmacy earlier this week, when a judge ruled to allow restaurants to briefly do so.

"We decided to stay closed because we don’t want to base the health of our patrons on a technicality in a court system," Elliot tells KOAT.

The Farmacy also did not participate in the virtual protest against the public health order two weeks ago, hosted by the New Mexico Restaurant Association.

"If we don’t follow the science, we’re going to end up in a complete shutdown again, and that’s not what anybody wants," Elliot says.

KOAT does not know when the Governor will host her next press conference with announcements regarding the public health order.


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —

New Mexico’s current public health order is set to expire on Thursday.

As the order stands right now, restaurants are only able to do outdoor seating at 50% capacity.

Restaurants are waiting to figure out their fate: Will the governor extend the current order, or will she allow indoor dining again?

The decision could be a make or break for local eateries that are struggling after five months of business impacted by covid-related closures and regulations.

The Farmacy, a brunch and lunch spot in Nob Hill, says business is down 60 to 70 percent.

«Now with only using 50 percent of the patio, you’re looking at really only being able to use 25 percent of your entire capacity,» Jacob Elliot, the restaurant’s owner, tells KOAT.

With these regulations, he can only keep seven tables open for customers.

«At this rate, we can kind of hold out. We’ve squirreled away our loan money,» Elliot says. «But eventually we’ll need to see an increase in capacity to stay afloat because you’re only at 25 percent of your total capacity, but you still have 100 percent of the rent and bills to pay.»

Although the restaurant is struggling to stay afloat, Elliot and his employees stand with Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and the Department of Health’s data.

He says, if cases are still going up this week, he and his staff will support her decision to not move into a new phase.

Elliot chose to not reopen indoor dining at The Farmacy earlier this week, when a judge ruled to allow restaurants to briefly do so.

«We decided to stay closed because we don’t want to base the health of our patrons on a technicality in a court system,» Elliot tells KOAT.

The Farmacy also did not participate in the virtual protest against the public health order two weeks ago, hosted by the New Mexico Restaurant Association.

«If we don’t follow the science, we’re going to end up in a complete shutdown again, and that’s not what anybody wants,» Elliot says.

KOAT does not know when the Governor will host her next press conference with announcements regarding the public health order.