Schools in New Mexico are closed for the next three weeks leaving parents who don’t have babysitter scrambling for care of their children.
“I am a single parent and I work full time to provide for my children, but now I have to figure out a way to watch my kids, this doesn’t help me,” said a reader of the Navajo Post, who wish not to disclose her name.
Parents throughout San Juan County are worried this could last longer than three weeks. “I feel like this will take longer, we can’t simply slow the process of the spreading of coronavirus outbreak in 3 weeks, they will need more time,” said Nelson Bunny, a local community member.
San Juan College also close it’s campus to students, but employees are still able to work and enter the campus.
The economic impact is so wide, retail giants like Wal-Mart, Target, Safeways have all seen a influx of people buying more water, toilet paper and can non-parishable items.
“I have seen more people buy up all the water, toilet paper, disinfectants and other items within the past few days,” said one retail worker at Wal-Mart in Farmington.
On March 13, packages of water we’re all sold out at Wal-Mart, Dollar General and Family Dollar. Ground beef was also sold out and groceries stores were limited on items.
With San Juan county limited, should an outbreak occur, all public places would close leaving people without any alternatives to shop.