Quarantine or Not, Travelers Still Go to New Mexico
In the New Mexico mountain town of Red River, visitors from Texas walk along Main Street. Most of the out-of-state visitors ignore orders from New Mexico's governor to quarantine and wear face coverings.
Tourists are also coming to others areas in the state, including Taos and the city of Santa Fe. But there, nearly all visitors wear face coverings. Both places have signs warning visitors of fines if they break the rules.
Like governors in at least 15 states, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has ordered out-of-state tourists to self-isolate. Lujan Grisham, a member of the Democratic Party, has pointed to data showing that about one in 10 of New Mexico's COVID-19 cases comes from visitors.
Enforcing the orders is proving difficult, however. The United States has no national plan related to face masks. New Mexico police resist launching a massive campaign to enforce the state's rules. And even in a pandemic, many Americans continue to take long road trips.
A road trip this summer means driving through states with very different rules when it comes to the coronavirus.
New York, New Jersey and Connecticut require travelers from 19 states with high COVID-19 infection rates to self-quarantine for two weeks after they arrive. New York requires fines for those who disobey.
Hard-hit Florida requires travelers from those three states to self-isolate for 14 days whether they arrive by car or airplane. Travelers who do not do so face a $500 fine.
The states of Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Vermont also announced self-isolation rules.
‘Taking away out liberty'
New Mexico's government published newspaper advertisements in neighboring Arizona and Texas. The ads urge people from those states not to visit New Mexico. Arizona has a positive coronavirus test rate of 27 percent. In Texas, the test rate is 18 percent. Health experts consider a 5 percent rate to be worrisome.
But the visitors keep coming.
Texan Chris Fry is one of them. He recently visited Red River. "They're saying the masks should work, so why should you be quarantined?" Fry said.
A 45-minute drive south in Taos Plaza, Louisiana tourist Christy Brasiel was upset that the historic Native American community was closed to visitors. She compared the New Mexico governor's rules to "communism or socialism."
"They're taking away our liberty," she said. She stayed in a private Airbnb property to avoid her voluntary quarantine order.
As in cities across New Mexico, police in Red River have yet to issue citations for not obeying COVID-19 rules, said town mayor Linda Calhoun, a Republican. She told the Reuters news agency that she is urging businesses in her town to require face coverings.
"We live off of tourists, that's all we have, so it's very difficult for us to enforce the order," Calhoun said of the quarantine rule. Red River is sometimes called "Little Texas" because of the number of visitors from that state.
In Taos County, COVID-19 cases have doubled in the past month. Many locals there are upset by the behavior of tourists.
"It doesn't make any sense to be so selfish," said Maureen Moore, a 67-year-old lawyer.
"We don't want you here"
Three weeks ago, New Mexico reported stable or dropping daily case numbers. The state had used early, severe restrictions to control the spread of the virus. The governor eased the restrictions on June 1.
But with its positive test rate rising above 4 percent, Lujan Grisham has criticized New Mexicans for letting down their guard. This week, she reclosed indoor restaurant dining.
At a press conference on July 9, Lujan Grisham said of tourists, "We don't want you here now." Speaking to Texans interested in possibly visiting her state, she said, "I want you to stay in Texas."
The governor added that New Mexico State Police would "aggressively" enforce her quarantine and mask orders.
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5.But with its positive test rate rising above 4 percent, Lujan Grisham has criticized New Mexicans for letting down their guard.
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6.It doesn't make any sense to be so selfish, said Maureen Moore
Doesn't make any sense 没道理；没意义
What you said just now doesn't make any sense.
You'd be going back and forth all the time, I mean it doesn't make any sense.
在新墨西哥州的红河山镇，来自德克萨斯州的游客在沿着主街散步 。大多数外州游客无视新墨西哥州州长要求入境隔离和佩戴口罩的命令 。
但在那里，几乎所有的游客都戴着口罩 。这两个地方都有警告游客违反规定罚款的标志 。
然而，事实证明，执行这些命令非常困难 。美国没有关于佩戴口罩的国家规定 。新墨西哥州警方拒绝大张旗鼓地执行该州的规定 。
广告中呼吁这些州的人不要前往新墨西哥州 。亚利桑那州的新冠病毒检测为阳性的概率为27% 。而德克萨斯州的检测率为18% 。
游客依然源源不断 。德克萨斯人克里斯·弗莱（Chris Fry）就是游客之一 。他最近到红河旅行过 。“既然他们说口罩有用，那还隔离什么呢？”弗莱说道 。
从陶斯广场往南开车45分钟，路易斯安那州的游客克里斯蒂·布拉希尔（Christy Brasiel）对这个历史悠久的印第安社区“闭门谢客”感到不满 。
她说，“这是在剥夺我们的自由 。”她住在Airbnb的一处私人住宅里，以避免隔离的规定 。
卡尔霍恩谈到隔离规定时说:“我们靠旅游业为生，这就是我们的全部，所以执行命令非常困难 。”红河有时被称为“小德克萨斯”，因为从这个州来的游客很多 。
在陶斯县，过去一个月新冠感染病例增加了一倍 。许多当地人对游客的到来颇为不满 。
67岁的律师莫林·摩尔（Maureen Moore）抱怨:“如此自私的行径简直不可理喻 。”
该州很早就采取了严格的限制措施来控制病毒传播 。州长在6月1日放宽了限制 。
在7月9日的新闻发布会上，卢扬·格里森姆谈到游客时说，“我们现在不希望大家前来 。” 对那些可能想前来旅游的德克萨斯州人，她喊话称:“我希望你们呆在自己的州 。”