New Mexico Reopening Plan
New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan-Grisham has announced a phased reopening plan for the state of New Mexico anticipated to begin during the month of May and into the summer. All businesses, organizations, and places of worship are encouraged to review the COVID-19 safe practices (CSPs) information below, to start preparing their locations to reopen as permitted by the Governor, and to begin drafting plans to train staff members on COVID-19 safe practices in preparation for an eventual opening.
Please keep in mind that these plans are subject to change if the number of COVID-19 cases increases. Subsequent phases of reopening will rely heavily on the success and progress our community and state makes in continuing to flatten the curve.
Changes Beginning June 1
- Drive-in theaters may reopen under COVID-Safe Practices;
- Nine additional state parks will reopen for day-use only beginning May 30, with five more opening June 1, some with capacity limits;
- Indoor malls, hair and nail salons, barber shops, tattoo parlors and massage services may begin operating at 25 percent occupancy;
- Shopping mall food courts must remain closed, and loitering is prohibited;
- Salons and other personal-service businesses must operate on a by-appointment basis, per the amended order. Waiting rooms will remain closed; clients will not be allowed to enter until time for their appointment;
- Hotels may operate at 50 percent of maximum occupancy under COVID-Safe Practices;
- Gyms allowed to reopen at 50 percent occupancy. Personal training is permitted for up to two trainees;
- Group fitness classes are still prohibited, as are sparring, grappling, wrestling and other forms of person-to-person contact training;
- Swimming pools may reopen for lap swimming and lessons of up to two students;
- 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 – remain temporarily closed, although breweries and wineries can do curbside pickup where permitted by their licenses;
- Retailers and houses of worship may operate at 25 percent of maximum occupancy in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices;
- The 14-day quarantine order for airport arrivals will be amended to permit certain business travel under COVID-Safe Practices;
- Masks are required of everyone in public places, with exceptions for eating, drinking, and exercising and medical requirements. Click here to learn more about face coverings and how to make them;
- Mass gatherings and congregations are still unsafe and prohibited;
- New Mexicans are still urged to stay home, especially if sick or in a high-risk group, and to maintain a 6-foot physical distance from others if you must go out.