Amid a surge of COVID-19 cases in New Mexico, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced new restrictions to slow the spread.
Starting Friday, Oct. 16, the following restrictions will be in place:
TEMPORARY CLOSING TIME
Any food or drink establishment in New Mexico serving alcohol must close at 10:00 p.m. each night.
Maximum occupancy restrictions will be reduced to 60 percent for places of lodging that have completed theN.M. Safe Certified training programand to 25 percent for places of lodging that have not completed the training program – a reduction of maximum occupancy from 75 percent and 50 percent, respectively.
The governor will amendher executive orderthat requires a period of mandatory self-quarantine for individuals arriving into New Mexico from out of state. Individuals arriving from “higher-risk states,” or those with a test positivity rate exceeding 5 percent and a test positivity rate higher than 80 per 100,000 residents, will no longer be exempt from the period of mandatory self-quarantine if they test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of their arrival into New Mexico. All individuals arriving from those higher-risk states – a list of which is updated each Wednesday atcv.nmhealth.org/travel-recommendations– must self-quarantine for a period of no less than 14 days or for the duration of their stay in New Mexico, whichever is shorter.
Mass gatherings of more than 5 individuals are once again prohibited. Previously the state had allowed gatherings of more than 10 individuals. A “mass gathering” is defined as any public or private gathering, organized event, ceremony, parade, organized amateur contact sport, or other grouping that brings together individuals in an indoor or outdoor space.
The governor will provide further direction at her Thursday COVID-19 briefing.