The Eastern New Mexico News - Serving Clovis, Portales and the Surrounding Communities

Local government also considering 'telework'


March 15, 2020

State government agencies in New Mexico have been instructed to limit face-to-face interaction with the public in effort to combat coronavirus. That directive from Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham does not apply to local government, but may happen anyway.

“We have already started to look at which positions could telework or continue to perform should we close to the public,” Clovis City Manager Justin Howalt wrote in a text message to The News on Sunday.

“I plan to meet with my directors again Monday morning to review this latest announcement (from the governor).

“At this time services will not be impacted Monday morning; however, this is subject to change as a result of those discussions.”

Howalt said city officials are sensitive to both the “health and safety of our employees and citizens and will continue to serve under these extraordinary circumstances.”

Roosevelt County Manager Amber Hamilton said offices would operate "as usual" on Monday and "will continue to monitor the situation closely."

Curry County also plans to have offices open Monday.

Curry County late last week announced Curry County Youth Services is suspending all activities until further notice. "This includes, the spring break program HYPE!, teen court activities, required classes, and community engagements," according to a county news release.

Messages to the city of Portales were not immediately returned on Sunday.


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