Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the state’s emergency public health order will be amended to permit limited outdoor dine-in services for most of the state beginning Wednesday, May 27.
Dine-in services inside restaurants and bars remain temporarily prohibited.
The governor said the state is on target for a June 1 reopening of those services under a limited capacity per fire code occupancy restrictions.
Under the amended public health order, effective Wednesday, May 27, restaurants may offer dine-in service in outdoor seating areas at up to 50 percent of their outdoor area fire code occupancy.
The following stipulations apply:
- No dine-in service may be provided in indoor seating areas.
- Outdoor dine-in service may only be provided to patrons who are seated.
- Tables must be placed with at least six feet of distance between one another. •
- No more than six patrons may be seated at any single table.
- No bar or counter seating is permitted.
Bars – defined as food and beverage service establishments that derived more than 50 percent of their revenue in the prior calendar year from the sale of alcoholic beverages – are not included in this provision and may not operate outdoor or patio services at present.
Bars may continue to operate for take-out and delivery if permitted under their applicable licenses.
The amended public health order does not apply to the northwestern public health region.