Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the public health order will tighten restrictions on "big box" stores and "large retailers."
The change, effective Thursday, clarifies that "retail space" refers only to the most essential businesses.
According to the governor's office, essential retailers are defined as follows:
- Grocery stores, supermarkets, food banks, farmers’ markets and vendors who sell food, convenience stores, and other businesses that generate more than one-third of their revenue from the sale of canned food, dry goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, pet food, animal feed or supplies, fresh meats, fish, and poultry, and any other consumable food and drink products; automobile repair facilities, bike repair facilities, and retailers who generate the majority of their revenue from the sale of automobile or bike repair products; hardware stores; laundromats and dry cleaner services.
The essential retailers may not have more than 75 customers inside or exceed 25% maximum capacity.
Under this amended definition, “big box” stores and other large retailers that do not generate more than one-third of their revenue from the above identified products may not operate in-person services.
Retailers such as Hobby Lobby and Ross Dress for Less are no longer allowed to operate in-person services. However, they can still provide curbside pickup and/or delivery services.
The governor added that animal grooming services may not operate.
However, plant nurseries and Christmas tree lots may provide curbside pickup and/or delivery services.