As many of you may know, there have been at least 10 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the State of New Mexico (as of March 13). Chainbreaker Collective is closely following recommendations of the CDC and the NM Department of Health who are monitoring the needs of community members.
We know that during public health crises, like most disasters, working class and marginalized communities who are dependent on public transportation, face higher obstacles. Including quality and affordable healthcare, lack sufficient access to paid sick leave, bear the brunt of inadequate public health response and are most impacted by disasters like this. We need each other and the leadership of our communities who have been on the frontlines of climate, economic and health crisis, now more than ever.
We know that this moment is scary for many of us. As we take active steps to protect the health of our loved ones and the public, we are mindful that the emotional toll of social distancing and cancelling events and gatherings, potential loss of critical social services and continually navigating the rapidly changing conditions can be disorienting and challenging. We also know that this problem affects us all in different ways and solutions must be tailored to meet the diversity of our people. As we work to ensure that the concerns and needs of impacted communities remain part of the conversation, Chainbreaker is committed to the health and well-being of all Santa Feans.
For this upcoming weekend we are closing the Bicycle Resource Center to the public out of concern for the health and safety of staff, members and volunteer mechanics. Chainbreaker employees have the option to work remotely and we will continuously re-assess next week. Please look out for further communications as the situation evolves.
This is a time for us to be a solid community, to practice diligence, protect each other and remember we are resilient people!
-Chainbreaker Collective Board and Staff