Picuris Pueblo closes pueblo, Hotel Santa Fe

Smoke Shop open using walk-up window

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Due to the current COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, Picuris Pueblo Governor Craig Quanchello took steps Friday (March 20) to protect Picuris Pueblo and the surrounding rural communities by announcing closures to help slow the spread of the virus. The following steps are in place, for the Pueblo of Picuris, until further notice:

  • Governor Quanchello has declared a State of Emergency for the Pueblo of Picuris;
  • The Pueblo of Picuris is closed to the public until further notice;
  • The Hotel Santa Fe and Hacienda, located in Santa Fe, NM (Picuris Pueblo is majority owner) is closed;
  • The Picuris Smoke Shop is operating on reduced hours and selling items through a walk-up window;
  • The Picuris Casino and ATM are closed;
  • Non-local visitors are discouraged from travelling on the High Road between Taos and Santa Fe as services are highly limited and, to reduce the risk from exposure to COVID-19

“As we all adjust to this pandemic, please respect closures as we all need to do our part to protect our loved ones and our communities here, and all over the world,” said the governor. “May the Great Spirit and our Earth Mother be with us all as we change our daily lives to battle this pandemic. Together, we are strong.”

Situated in the Sangre de Christo mountains in northern New Mexico, Picuris is the smallest of the New Mexico Pueblos. The people of Picuris speak the Tiwa language and have been in their present location since the 1000s. Picuris culture and tradition continues today through ceremony, language and traditions. For more information on Picuris Pueblo, please visit www.picurispueblo.org or call the Picuris Tribal Office at (575) 587-2519.

Any Taos County resident who has developed a fever above 100.4, cough, shortness of breath or even mild flu-like symptoms need to limit exposure to other people and self-isolate. Immediately contact your healthcare provider to discuss symptoms and any risk factors for COVID-19 or call 855-600-3453. for information on where to get tested.  Any individual who has symptoms but does not have a healthcare provider should contact the New Mexico Department of Health at 855-600-3453.

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