New Mexico Reopening Plan
New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan-Grisham has announced a phased reopening plan for the state of New Mexico anticipated to begin during the month of May and into the summer. All businesses, organizations, and places of worship are encouraged to review the COVID-19 safe practices (CSPs) information below, to start preparing their locations to reopen as permitted by the Governor, and to begin drafting plans to train staff members on COVID-19 safe practices in preparation for an eventual opening.
Please keep in mind that these plans are subject to change if the number of COVID-19 cases increases. Subsequent phases of reopening will rely heavily on the success and progress our community and state makes in continuing to flatten the curve.
Changes Beginning May 16
- All retailers may operate according to COVID-Safe Practices (CSPs) at 25 percent fire code occupancy (a “retailer” is any business that sells goods directly to the ultimate consumer or end-users and does not include wholesalers or suppliers, not does it include entertainment venues such as movie theaters, concert halls, or amusement parks);
- Non-essential businesses (other than retailers; such as office spaces, call centers) generally may operate according to CSPs at up to 25 percent of pre-crisis staffing levels. All employees should continue to work from home wherever possible;
- Houses of worship may operate at 10 percent occupancy;
- Additional state parks and certain outdoor recreation guides with COVID-Safe Practices;
- Masks are required of everyone in public places, with exceptions for eating, drinking, and exercising and medical requirements. Click here to learn more about face coverings and how to make them.
What Remains the Same
- New Mexicans must remain home except for outings essential for health, safety and welfare, especially elderly and vulnerable individuals. If you must leave home, gatherings of more than five people remain prohibited and 6 feet of physical distance from others must be maintained.
- Large retailers like big-box stores and grocery stores will continue operating at 20 percent capacity as determined by fire code.
- Locations and services where high-intensity contact is unavoidable – such as gyms, salons and dine-in service at restaurants and bars – will remain temporarily closed. Limited in-person operations for those types of businesses could be included in the next modification of the public health order, as soon as early June, depending on New Mexico’s rate of COVID-19 transmission, testing capacity and other gating criteria.
- Other high-intensity contact services that must remain closed include indoor malls, massage and tattoo parlors, theaters, casinos.
- 14-day quarantine order remains in place for out-of-state airport arrivals.
- Vacation rentals prohibited to out-of-state residents.
- Visits to long-term care and other congregate care facilities remain restricted.