Over the weekend, Deb Haaland got married to her longtime partner Skip Sayre at an indoor, maskless wedding held at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya at Santa Ana Pueblo north of Bernalillo.
The event went in direct contradiction to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s public health orders requiring masks to be worn at all times indoors except when actively eating or drinking. There also was not social distancing, as recommended per her health experts. The story was first reported by the Piñon Post.
According to the staff at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya, indoor masking is required. “Outdoors, you’re free to take it off and, like, when you’re eating at the restaurants, you’re free to take it off. But we do require them indoors.” Haaland’s wedding broke not only the state’s mask mandate but also the resort’s mask rules. Many guests were also spotted without masks on.
But despite the grave violations of the health orders, Lujan Grisham and her acting Health Secretary Dr. David Scrase have been silent on the maskless super spreader event, which included guests such as U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Rep. Sharice Davids (D-KS)
The Piñon Post reached out to the New Mexico Department of Health and the Office of the Governor for comment. The Governor’s office did not immediately return our request for comment (nor have they ever returned our requests for comment in the history of time).
Acting Secretary Scrase wrote in an email,“We are aware of this violation and have taken action. Thanks for contacting me.”
The Governor’s office has harshly targeted many establishments and people via the snitch line on the Department of Health and Human Services website, which has closed many businesses for supposed violations of mask mandates and other health rules. Some, such as Back Street Grill in Albuquerque, have been fighting back. But the same level of aggression toward these small businesses appears not to be applied to Haaland — Lujan Grisham’s political ally who succeeded her in Congress.
Although some liberal television stations have inquired about the maskless super spreader, there appear to be no local media focusing on the contraband event. However, conservative outlets, including Breitbart, have picked up on the story.