Sun. May 28th, 2023


Curry County joined Roosevelt County in the turquoise designation Wednesday as the state unveiled its latest “Red to Green” data for COVID-19 mitigation. Since Nov. 30, the state has compiled data every two weeks based on whether counties have met the gating criteria of 8 daily cases per 100,000 residents and test positivity of 5% or lower.

Red counties meet neither criteria, yellow counties meet one, green counties meet both and turquoise counties have held the green designation for 2 consecutive weeks. The newest “Red to Green” data shows no counties in the red, 20 turquoise counties, three green counties and 10 yellow counties.

Counties at the Turquoise Level have both a new COVID-19 case incidence rate of no greater than 8 cases per 100,000 inhabitants during the most recent four-week period, and an average percent of positive COVID-19 test results over the most recent four-week period less than or equal to 5%.

Curry County can immediately operate under turquoise restrictions which include:

  • Essential businesses (non-retail):No capacity restrictions but operations must be limited to only those absolutely necessary to carry out essential functions
  • Essential retail spaces:75% of maximum capacity (indoor and outdoor)
  • Food and drink establishments (if NM Safe Certified): 75% of maximum capacity for indoor dining; 75% of maximum capacity for outdoor dining
  • Close-contact businesses: 75% of maximum capacity; no restrictions on outdoor spaces
  • Large entertainment venues:33% of maximum capacity for any indoor/enclosed space on premises; 75% of any outdoor space on premises
  • Recreational facilities: 50% of maximum capacity of any indoor/enclosed space on the premises; 75% of any outdoor space on premises
  • Bars and clubs: 33% of maximum capacity of any indoor/enclosed space on premises; 75% of any outdoor space on premises, where applicable
  • **All other businesses: 75% of maximum capacity indoors; no restrictions on outdoor spaces
  • Houses of worship: May hold religious services, indoors or outdoors, or provide services through audiovisual means, but may not exceed 75% of the maximum capacity of any enclosed space on the premises
  • Places of lodging: No maximum occupancy restrictions for those that have completed NM Safe Certified training; 50% of maximum occupancy for all others; 15 guests maximum for vacation rentals
  • Mass gatherings limit:150 persons, or 200 vehicles

The upgrade to turquoise also means Curry County prep sports can allow spectators inside at 33% indoor capacity and 75% outdoor capacity.

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