SANTA FE (KSMX)- Today, June 11, Governor Michelle Grisham and state health officials announced that because gating criteria data have been consistent there will be a soft opening of outdoor and patio seating at 50% occupancy for breweries.
Beginning Monday, breweries will be able to operate at 50% occupancy for dine-in seating.
Breweries must adhere to COVID-Safe practices for restaurants. These practices include seated service only and tables being spaced apart at a safe distance. Bars – defined as food and beverage service establishments that derived more than 50 percent of their revenue in the prior calendar year from the sale of alcoholic beverages – are not included in this provision and may not operate outdoor or patio services at present.
The changes are part of New Mexico’s phased reopening plan, which began by reopening the businesses and services that required the least personal contact. Moving from phase to phase depends on meeting certain benchmarks – called “gating criteria” – that measure steady progress toward containing spread of COVID-19. The state is currently in Phase 1 of that reopening plan. Modeling reports from the state are regularly posted here.
As of today, New Mexico cases reached a high of 9,367 with 189 individuals hospitalized and 60 individuals on ventilators. The governor praised New Mexico for doing well but also urges New Mexican’s to remain vigilant and continue. to use COVID-Safe practices.
Being a border state, state officials have been observing case counts and spread rates in Arizona, Texas and California. Because of the reopening of economies, these states have seen an increase in case counts that New Mexico must take into account when decisions are being made. So far New Mexico remains in the green for gating criteria, however, we are still not making the testing goal of 5,000 tests per week. The spread rate is improving. but remain below. target.
“It might take 12 to 24 months before a safe vaccination will be available and we must do everything on our part to ensure each others’ safety.”