After weeks of questions and Gov. MLG pledging to “lean on” event organizers, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta has announced (once again) that it WILL NOT require attendees to receive the COVID vaccine as a condition of attendance (as did the State Fair and Zozobra for example).
The power to make your own health care decisions would usually be uncontroversial, especially considering the outdoor setting of the Balloon Fiesta and the fact that masks are being required indoors and in big crowds, but the decision did NOT make Gov. Lujan Grisham happy.
Here’s the statement from her office (per KOB TV): For the Gov. to publicly undermine confidence in one of (if not THE) marquee events in our State is shocking and disappointing to say the least, but it is in line with her “my way or the highway” approach to COVID from day one.
Ever study of the issue has found that COVID’s spread is significantly reduced outdoors. That’s why the CDC does NOT have an outdoor mask mandate. Of course, if you disagree with the Balloon Fiesta’s decision, you can certainly stay home or observe the balloons from afar. But, it is nothing short of shocking that the Gov. would denigrate the organizers of the Balloon Fiesta because she didn’t get her way on mandating vaccines.