New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday invoked the state's Riot Control Act to lock down the city of Gallup, New Mexico — population 22,000 — ordering all roads leading in and out of the city to be sealed off by police and Army National Guard personnel.
The governor's office said in a press release:
"Effective at 12 p.m., May 1, all roads into Gallup are closed. Businesses in the city of Gallup will close from 5 p.m. through 8 a.m. Vehicles may only have a maximum of two individuals. Residents of the city should remain at home except for emergency outings and those essential for health, safety and welfare."
Pictures posted to social media show the quarantine being enforced:
Gallup, which rests about 100 miles west of Albuquerque, has been hit harder by coronavirus than surrounding areas. As of Friday, McKinley County, where Gallup is located, had the highest number of cases of any county in New Mexico, with 1,027 confirmed infections and 19 deaths, according to the New Mexico Department of Health.