Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced on Wednesday new steps to limit the rapid spread of the coronavirus disease, or COVID-19, closing restaurants and bars to in-person dining, temporarily shutting down theaters, indoor malls, gyms and resort spas, prohibiting public gatherings of 10 or more people, and barring shoppers from hoarding supplies.
“There are still far too many New Mexicans that are coming into contact with one another,” said Lujan Grisham during a status update Wednesday in the state Capitol. “We are prepared to do whatever it takes. These decisions are hard, they are painful and they are difficult, but we will get through it.”
The amended order is scheduled to remain in effect until April 10 but could be extended, depending on whether the virus can be contained.
Under the governor’s order, programs at the City of Las Cruces’ Museums — the Las Cruces Museum of Art, Museum of Nature and Science, Las Cruces Railroad Museum and Branigan Cultural Center — are cancelled, and the museums remain closed until further notice; the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum is closed until further notice; Thomas Branigan Memorial Library is closed until April 9, with scheduled events and programs cancelled at both.
Las Cruces Community Theatre’s production of “Harvey,” set to open Friday, March 20, has been postponed and will now open June 5 — we hope. For more, visit lcctnm.org. Similarly, No Strings Theatre Company has cancelled its remaining performances of “Bosoms and Neglect” at the Black Box Theatre, along with the balance of the season; new dates will be posted at no-strings.org. Programs at the Rio Grande Theatre, including remaining performances of A Children’s Theatre of the Mesilla Valley’s production of “Alice in Wonderland,” have also been cancelled.
Though events are cancelled and the city is largely at a standstill, never fear! There’s still a world of education and entertainment available — without even leaving the house.
Scholastic’s Learn at Home program includes 20 days of lessons for pre-K through sixth graders, perfect for kids to do alone, or with a parent. For older learners, the free online learning platform Khan Academy offers courses in science, computers, programming, art history, economics, history and more. Outschool is offering free, live, online classes for students up to age 18 affected by public school shutdowns in English, math, social studies, science, coding, health and wellness, music, art and world languages.
Missing the museums? Google Arts & Culture gives users the chance to travel to famed art museums around the world — the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Van Gogh Museum in the Netherlands, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.. among many others — from the comfort of home. Or, take virtual tours of the San Diego Zoo, Yellowstone National Park or the Great Wall of China.
Next weekend, March 26-29
Next weekend, sadly, another round of postponements and cancellations. The third annual Las Cruces Space Festival, due to return March 30 through April 4, has been postponed; the Rage Against the Machine/Run the Jewels concert scheduled for March 28 at the NMSU Pan American Center, will be rescheduled; and the eighth annual Las Cruces Video Game Convention has been cancelled.
The March/April issue of Neighbors magazine is now here, packed with lots of great ideas for a springtime brunch, plus stories about the Bataan Memorial Death March and a few of its illustrious participants, our new series on staycations, Project in Motion, a new local distillery, beautiful homes that are on the market, flying on a tour or as a hobby, and so much more! Pick it up for free at over 300 locations!