New Mexico City postpones MLK outdoor march, while other indoor events continue

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The city of Albuquerque postponed its Martin Luther King Jr. Walk due to rising COVID-19 cases, while other events were able to continue with restrictions.

The Albuquerque and New Mexico MLK state commission made the postponement announcement Friday, a day before the scheduled march.

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Those planning to take part in the march said they only learned of its postponement after seeing it on the news and wondering why other events could continue.

“They didn’t cancel a football game,” Reverend Darnell Smith told KOAT-TV. “They’re having one of the biggest events downtown. They’re having all of these events indoors and no one has canceled them, but we want to have an outdoor event and they’re canceling us.”

Comic Con, a major indoor event, returned to Albuquerque Friday through Sunday with organizers allowing the event to continue with precautions. Capacity was cut in half as masks and temperature checks were required, the station reported.

Democratic Governor Michelle Lujan-Grisham had asked all event organizers to limit attendance or postpone events as infections with the omicron variant continue to rise.

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Although the in-person march was postponed “out of an abundance of caution,” said Commission executive director Leonard Waites, a Federal Emergency Management Agency bus was still available at the Civic Plaza to administer the vaccines and COVID-19 tests on site.

No new march date has been announced.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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