Severity: Critical Alert

Transportation: Authorities in New Mexico, US, extend existing coronavirus-related travel and business restrictions through Aug. 28.

  • Alert Begins: 31 Jul 2020 11:05 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 28 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): New Mexico (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Travel and business disruptions

Summary
Authorities in New Mexico have extended the state's existing coronavirus (COVID-19)-related travel and business restrictions until Aug. 28. All restrictions currently in force remain unaltered for the duration of the extension. Additionally, all persons in New Mexico must wear protective face coverings whenever in public.

Nevertheless, numerous businesses and facilities, including gyms, retail stores, houses of worship, and personal care services, have been allowed to reopen in New Mexico, albeit under certain capacity limitations and other operating restrictions. Mass gatherings remain prohibited. 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, remain closed. Only New Mexico residents are allowed to visit state parks in the state; authorities are requiring park visitors to show proper identification. All travelers entering New Mexico from any other US state or from foreign countries must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

Transport and business disruptions will likely persist for the duration of the restrictions. Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity over the coming weeks.

Advice
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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