Mon. Apr 22nd, 2024

New Mexico begins Phase One of recovery plan

SANTA FE (KSMX)- On Wednesday, May 13, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and state health officials announced that New Mexico is on track to begin easing into some re-openings and moving into phase 1 of the economic recovery plan based on the gating criteria data.

The stay at home instructions will remain in effect and congregations of more than five remains prohibited, however, on May 16, all retailers that sell goods directly to consumers may operate at 25% of their fire code capacity with COVID-safe practices in place.

Public health orders requiring face-coverings for the general public in any public settings (indoors and outdoors) will also be put into effect Saturday.

Other non-essential businesses able to operate at specific occupancy levels are:

  • Office spaces and call centers operating with up to 25% of pre-crisis staffing levels
  • houses of worship may operate at 10% occupancy
  • Retail spaces not included are entertainment venues such as movie theaters, concert halls, or amusement parks.

Modified/limited summer youth programs will be permissible with the following restrictions:

  • In-person summer programs and sports camps will be restricted to 5 to 1 child to adult ratios for children who live in the local geographic area only.
  • Student and staff groupings should be self-contained, the same staff staying with the same children.
  • High-risk staff and children are advised to not participate.
  • Sports programs must be restricted to contactless sports only and non- competitive play

The Governor stated that the goal is to reach the second part of phase 1 of the economic recovery by early June. She stated that doing so depends on the data that will be received from this slight reopening phase. Part 2 of Phase 1 will include further lessening of restrictions on salons, barbers, gyms, indoor malls and dine-in restaurants.  It will also include a potential expansion of occupancy limits for houses of worship and hotels/motels.

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