According to a letter obtained exclusively by the Piñon Post, the New Mexico Department of Health sent cease and desist letter to the Hyatt Regency Tamaya resort outside of Bernalillo because of Democrat Interior Secretary Deb Haaland’s mostly maskless indoor wedding held in late August — a story broken exclusively by the Piñon Post. The event went in direct contradiction to Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s health orders.
The letter, dated August 30, reads, “Based on news reports and photographs, approximately 70 people attended the event, and several attendees were seen not wearing masks. Upon information and belief, the wedding reception was held indoors on your premises. We request that the Hyatt Regency Tamaya immediately cease and desist in hosting any similar events that may exacerbate the spread of the COVID-19.”
The Department noted “The current Public Health Order of the Department requires all individuals age 2 years and older to wear a mask or multilayer cloth face covering in all indoor public settings except when eating or drinking, unless otherwise instructed by a healthcare provider. There is no exception to the mask requirement for individuals who have been vaccinated. Masks are just one of the many simple and effective tools relied upon to slow the harmful and deadly spread of COVID-19 in the community.”
“Although the Public Health Order does not apply to tribal or pueblo territories, and the
Department recognizes that the sovereign nations of New Mexico are free to implement alternate health restrictions, we implore the Hyatt Regency Tamaya to voluntarily cease and desist from hosting events that may violate public health mandates and further hinder the state in its ongoing fight against COVID-19. It is critical that everyone in the state continues to partner to reduce the impact of COVID-19 during this instant surge caused by the Delta Variant.”
Since the mostly maskless event, Haaland has refused to return requests for comment. No major liberal news outlets picked up the story, despite Haaland’s shameless performance at the wedding alongside Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Rep. Sharice Davids (D-KS).
Recently, a family-owned restaurant in Albuquerque, Backstreet Grill, was forcibly shuttered by a judge for bucking the Governor’s health orders. But Haaland and the Tamaya resort look to not be facing any similar consequences, despite the health orders and the resort’s own guidance requiring masking indoors.