Press Release|

Mike Curtis Author
Communications Director , Republican Party of New Mexico

The quick reopening of a Las Cruces Walmart this past weekend again demonstrates the Lujan Grisham Administration’s blatant favoritism of corporate out-of-state giants over our mom-and-pop businesses.

Four people at the Walmart had tested positive for COVID-19. On Saturday morning, after the big-box store was asked to close, it remained open until 6pm. Then third-party cleaning experts were called in to “further clean and sanitize’ the Walmart.

Hours later the “cleaned” store is reopened Sunday morning.

So what’s going on here? Gov. Lujan Grisham’s Administration says it’s okay to contract COVID-19 and then go back inside a business where people had tested positive?

How do you wipe down an entire Walmart in a few hours? 
Did Walmart toss out its entire inventory? 
And these outside cleaners—might they have tested positive for the virus?

This is just the latest example of these corporate heavy-hitters—continuing to grab New Mexico dollars—getting special treatment by the State.

“Gov. Lujan Grisham will do anything to protect big-box stores while she kills the little guy–New Mexico’s small businesses,” said Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Steve Pearce. “To allow Walmart to reopen like this is not only irresponsible but also discriminatory. The governor lets this Walmart return to business after this ‘miraculous cleaning’ but keeps our dying restaurants closed where social distancing can be practiced. These actions defy logic, and the governor continues to punish New Mexicans by her inequitable and unjust decisions.”

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