ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (WR) — New Mexico inexperienced chile distributors say well being restrictions amid the pandemic are forcing them to promote chiles on to the general public.

KOB-TV in Albuquerque experiences distributors haven’t any alternative however to promote instantly as a result of many eating places are working in another way through the pandemic.

High quality Meals, for instance, shall be shopping for chile instantly from New Mexico farmers and promoting it to the general public proper exterior its Albuquerque facility.

“The best way that is going, I don’t see us utilizing 50% of our utilization of final yr,” mentioned Louie Gonzales, proprietor of High quality Meals.

“We now have them name in an order they drive up,” mentioned Nazario Sandoval, co-owner of High quality Meals. “We take it to their hatchback and their trunk, and we don’t have contact with them.”

On Thursday, New Mexico well being officers mentioned there have been 212 newly confirmed circumstances of COVID-19, bringing the state whole to 21,773. Officers mentioned two extra individuals have died from the virus, bringing the state dying whole to 669.

As of Thursday, there have been 138 individuals hospitalized in New Mexico for COVID-19.