Parents express concerns about COVID-19, praise new regulations

Niki Lawson with her daughter and husband.

As COVID-19 cases rose in Eddy County Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced new masks and vaccination requirements throughout the state.

Some Carlsbad citizens reacted negatively to the mandates, staging protests against mask and vaccine requirements, while others remained silent about their fears and concerns.

Niki Lawson, a realtor for Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, said she feels like her family is in the minority in Carlsbad when it comes to the pandemic.

“I feel like the a majority of our area is more anti-mask and anti-vaccination,” Lawson said.

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She lives with her husband who is an essential worker for the city, her daughter and her 60-year-old mother. Both Lawson and her mom have pre-existing health conditions that put them at risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19.