Sat. Jul 20th, 2024


Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced today the new Public Health order, easing some restrictions.

Beginning Saturday, August 29th the following changes will be implemented:

  • Food and drink establishments (including restaurants, breweries, wineries, distillers, cafes, coffee shops or other similar establishments) may provide indoor dining service at 25% maximum occupancy, in accordance with COVID-safe practices.


  • Food and drink establishments may provide outdoor dining options at 75% capacity, carryout and delivery services, in accordance with COVID-safe practices. Tables – inside or outside – must be spaced at least six feet apart, and no more than six patrons are permitted at a single table.


  • Houses of worship may operate at 40% maximum occupancy of any enclosed building – an increase from 25 percent – in accordance with COVID-safe practices. Houses of worship may, as before, conduct services outdoors or provide services through audiovisual means.


  • Mass gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited.


  • Museums with static displays may operate at 25%


The new emergency public health order will be effective through at least mid-September.

Today, the state saw 190 new cases and nine new deaths.

The state will need to meet various metrics prior to schools being allowed for in-person learning, which would take place following Labor Day. These include:

  • State meeting gating criteria, which includes the COVID-19 spread rate, 7-day rolling average, testing capacity, etc.
  • County must meet new daily cases count and test positive rate criteria. Must be in green zone.
  • District/school must get reentry plan approved by the New Mexico Public Education Department (Instruction, social-emotional learning, family communications and engagement.)
  • District/school has safety and support plans in place.

Schools in counties that meet the above criteria will be allowed to put into place the re-entry plan. Currently, Curry County is the yellow zone, with Roosevelt county sitting in Red.

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