Severity: Critical Alert

Transportation: As of July 13, government authorities have reimposed COVID-19 related business restrictions in New Mexico, US.

  • Alert Begins: 13 Jul 2020 08:51 PM UTC
  • Alert Expires: 03 Aug 2020 11:59 PM UTC
  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): New Mexico (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Travel restrictions and business disruptions

As of July 13, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has reimposed business restrictions as part of the state's efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The order again prohibits indoor dining in restaurants and limits outdoor seating at restaurants and breweries to 50 percent of maximum capacity.

Authorities will also maintain business restrictions currently in place until further notice. The following businesses and activities are allowed to operate:


  • Gyms may open at 25-percent capacity. Group fitness classes are not permitted. The use of protective face coverings is mandatory.


  • Retail stores and houses of worship will continue to operate at 25 percent of maximum occupancy.


  • 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. 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. Retailers must ensure all customers wear face coverings before entering their premises. Recreational facilities, such as movie theaters, museums, and amusement parks, must remain closed.

All travelers entering New Mexico from any other US state must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Travelers arriving from international destinations must also self-quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival. In addition, only New Mexico residents will be allowed to visit state parks in the state. Proof of local ID will be enforced.

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.

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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