Town of Taos curfew to expire Sept. 8

After four months, the town of Taos will be cancelling its nightly curfew.

In the beginning of April, the town of Taos Council voted to enact a nightly curfew as part of Mayor Dan Barrone's emergency declaration related to the coronavirus pandemic. The curfew was enacted to help alleviate calls from emergency responders, who usually have an uptick in calls in the evening.

The curfew initially was enacted from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. and encouraged members of the public to remain indoors during those hours unless on essential business as defined by the governor's public health order. Taos Police did hand out tickets for curfew violations when applicable.

The curfew was changed in May from midnight to 5 a.m. to accommodate for the restaurant workers getting off the night shift.

As 5 a.m. Tuesday (Sept. 8) rolls on the clocks, the town's curfew will officially expire for the time being. As per the mayor's emergency declaration, a new curfew can be imposed if needed.

Despite the end of the curfew, other elements of the emergency order will remain.

Town officials elected to keep the mask mandate in place, which requires everyone in town limits to wear a face covering. The order falls in line with the state's mandate as well.

Members of the public must also remain socially distanced and keep at least six feet from others.

A mandatory 14-day quarantine period is also in effect for out-of-state visitors to Taos who are not on essential business.

Failure to adhere to the remaining aspects of the emergency order could result in a $500 fine or 90 days in jail, according to town codes.

The council will continue to monitor the statistics surrounding the coronavirus pandemic and number of COVID-19 cases when updating the order in the future.

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