Severity: Critical Alert

Transportation: As of July 7, officials in New Mexico, US, have imposed travel restrictions, maintain business restrictions due to COVID-19.

  • Alert Begins: 07 Jul 2020 01:55 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 15 Jul 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): New Mexico (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Travel restrictions and business disruptions

Summary
As of July 7, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has imposed restrictions for travelers entering the state and has maintained previously imposed business restrictions, as part of the state's efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Under the new directives, all travelers entering New Mexico from any other US state must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Officials also urge all residents to restrict travel outside their homes to the minimum necessary and have ordered the use of facemasks whenever residents are in public places. Retailers must ensure all customers wear facemasks before entering their premises.

Authorities will also maintain the business restrictions currently in place through at least July 15. The following businesses and activities are allowed to operate:

 

  • Restaurants may offer indoor seating at 50 percent capacity.

 

  • Gyms may open at 50 percent capacity. Group fitness classes are not permitted.

 

  • Indoor malls may operate at 25 percent occupancy. Shopping mall food courts must remain closed.

 

  • Personal grooming services such as hair and nail salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors, and massage services may operate at 25 percent occupancy and by appointment only.

 

  • Drive-in theaters may operate.

 


Mass gatherings remain prohibited. Retail stores and houses of worship will continue to operate at 25 percent of maximum occupancy. Essential businesses, including grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, and those in the security, critical manufacturing, transport, and healthcare sectors, have not been subject to closures; however, social distancing mandates and capacity limitations still apply to such establishments. Recreational facilities, such as movie theaters, museums, and amusement parks, must remain closed.

Transport and business disruptions are likely to persist. Officials could amend the order at short notice, depending on local disease activity in the coming weeks.

Advice
Strictly heed the instructions of authorities. Avoid all nonessential operations in areas impacted by the measures. Confirm appointments. Remain courteous and cooperative if approached and questioned by law enforcement officers.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


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