Visiting New Mexico’s capital? Bring vaccine proof, not guns

Visiting New Mexico's capital? Bring vaccine proof, not guns

A choir group from Eastern New Mexico University performs at the Capitol Rotunda in Santa Fe, N.M., on Nov. 17, 2021. New COVID-19 restrictions will ban unvaccinated members of the public from the building during legislative session that take place over the next three months. Performances, presentations, and massages common place before the pandemic with also be prohibited by building official. Separately, Democratic lawmakers have recently banned guns from the building citing security concerns. SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s state legislative complex will be open to the public during upcoming Legislative sessions, but only for those who provide proof of vaccination. New rules will also prohibit performances, advocacy booths and tours at the state capitol starting Dec. 6, when the Legislature meets for redistricting — setting new political boundaries based on 2020 census population counts. The rules will also be in place during the regular legislative session that starts in January, limiting festivities in the Roundhouse — the state capitol building that includes the Legislature and the governor’s office — but allowing the public to attend Legislative hearings for the first time since the start of the pandemic. “Given the high number of COVID-19 cases across the state and the strain this continues to put on state resources, it is incumbent on us to protect everyone in the Capitol complex while conducting the state’s business,” said Legislative Council Service service director Raúl Burciaga, who oversees safety and operations at the state capital. The vaccination requirement does not […]

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