Governor puts a halt to indoor crowds at breweries

Indoor seating at breweries will be shut down this Monday, per new orders from the governor. Patios will remain open, however.

It was not quite doomsday for New Mexico craft breweries, but it will still be another financial hit in a year full of them after Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham amended the public health orders Thursday afternoon.

Breweries and restaurants will no longer be allowed to have indoor dining/drinking beginning this Monday. Patios may remain open at 50-percent occupancy, and takeout orders are still allowed. This is all a result of surging numbers of positive coronavirus tests statewide, but particularly in brewery-heavy zones like the Albuquerque metro area and the Las Cruces area.

“Restaurants did not do this to New Mexico, New Mexicans did this to New Mexico,” the governor said on her Facebook Live press conference.

That is a way of saying wear your masks. We are in the process of reaching out to the individual brewery owners to gauge their reactions, so this story will be updated frequently.

Stay safe this weekend, everyone.

Keep supporting local!

— Stoutmeister

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