ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – For a lot of, July 4th is a weekend crammed with nice household reunions, picnics, and parades. With the most recent public well being order, all of that’s prohibited. Nevertheless, that doesn't cease some folks from attempting to keep away from it. Rebecca Latham is worked up to spend the Fourth of July with the household. "Fourth of July is a good get together," stated Latham. "Our household has at all times carried out one thing nice to rejoice."
Which means taking part within the third annual Nor Este Estates parade attended by about 200 folks. "Historically, we do a non-motorized parade," stated Latham. "Youngsters costume up and embellish their bikes."
This yr it’s going to look completely different with social distancing in place. Folks will watch from their yards, whereas folks stroll down the road maintaining a distance of six ft and carrying masks. The vehicles will observe. "Simply earlier than, my buddy and I have been finding out all of the equipment we’re going to put in my father's truck for the parade tomorrow," stated Rebecca's daughter Alana.
Nevertheless, the governor stated it isn’t allowed. "You may't try this this weekend," Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham stated at her press convention on Wednesday.
The governor made it clear this week that parades are prohibited this vacation weekend. "We’ve got requested all communities to cancel their parades except there are not any spectators and everyone seems to be carrying masks and you’re of their vehicles," stated Lujan Grisham. Even then, it nonetheless creates a threat. Why does it create a threat? Since you began leaving your home. "
The scholarship mayor can also be failing to observe the governor's orders, as he’s slated to stage his parade on Saturday morning, however Cibola County Sheriff Tony Mace stated it’s a protest, not a parade. "It’s only a group of patriots coming collectively to rejoice their independence and peacefully rejoice … peacefully protesting what is occurring in our state," Mace stated.
Latham stated he’s doing all the pieces potential to respect the governor's orders as he continues to rejoice the room with the household. "I haven't considered whether or not we’re breaking the legislation as a result of I don't assume we’re," Latham stated. "We’re being respectful. We're doing it. We simply drive our vehicles round our neighborhood. "
Information 13 requested the governor's workplace in regards to the neighborhood parade on Friday and careworn that parades are explicitly prohibited within the newest public well being order. As for the Grants parade, New Mexico state police stated the Division of Well being on Thursday delivered a stop and desist letter to town supervisor of Grants addressed to the mayor.