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Governor orders liquor stores closed to try and stop spread of virus

N.M. — Our KOAT camera was there as person after person went to Total Wine Tuesday, only to find the doors locked. The same thing happened at multiple liquor stores.

The governor extended an emergency health order, saying liquor stores are not an essential business and must close to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Tuesday the State Licensing and Regulation Department sent a letter to businesses that sell booze, Latest Albequerque News saying grocery and convenience stores may stay open and sell alcohol.

Breweries and craft distillers may remain open for take out only.

In the letter businesses were warned that police will be enforcing this order.

At places like Gruet Winery, the tasting room is closed. Press Release Distribution Service But because they fall under agriculture and are a distributor, employees say they can remain open.

The letter from the state goes on to say they know this is a hardship for many businesses but say it's only way to get through this crisis.

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