The Santa Fe Police Department will crack down on businesses that are not enforcing the city's face covering ordinance aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19, the agency announced Wednesday.

The effort, dubbed "Operation for Your Health and Safety," will last through February.

"The Santa Fe Police Department has consistently enforced the wearing of face coverings within the City. This operation is aimed at cracking down on businesses and areas with repeat violations," the agency said in a news release.

Last year, the City Council passed a face mask ordinance in which violators could face a fine of up to $50.

Police urge anyone who sees a violation of the ordinance to call 505-428-3710, the agency's nonemergency dispatch number.

(6) comments

Khal Spencer

I wonder what the response time will be for the non-emergency call. According to this paper, even emergency calls were taking a long time: "...For Priority 1 calls, which are the most serious and require immediate attention, such as a shooting or a home invasion, response times have increased by about two minutes since last year.

Documents show that it used to take officers on average about 12 minutes from the time someone picked up the phone and called for help to the time an officer arrived at their door. Now, it’s taking about 14 minutes...."

Jodie Wheeler

"Police urge anyone who sees a violation of the ordinance to call"

Could this possibly be the way the City plans to pay for the ruling by the NM Public Employees Labor Relation Board that they are responsible for workers' lost wages?

Sounds a bit like Nazi Germany - neighbors turning in neighbors.

Kathy Fish

Ten months into the pandemic? A little late, I'd say, since COVID rates have reached epic proportions and the damage has decidedly been done. Seems like this headline should have appeared months and months ago, but that isn't acknowledged in the article.

Donato Velasco

Now the police has gotten their orders from the mayor and city council , now what businesses are they going to target is the question..

Dan Frazier

A year after the pandemic started, the police announce that they are going to crack down on mask-wearing in businesses ... through February. Glad the police are taking this oh so seriously!

Donato Velasco

well at least they will be working or are they going to be getting over time since they are so busy..

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