Severity: Warning

Transportation: Authorities in New Mexico, US, amend COVID-19-related travel restrictions as of Sept. 23. Other restrictions remain in place.

Alert Begins 23 Sep 2020 06:49 PM UTC
Alert Expires 30 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC

 

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): New Mexico (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Travel and business disruptions

Summary
As of Sept. 23, authorities in New Mexico have amended certain travel restrictions that have been implemented as part of the state's response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Officials are requiring anyone arriving from states not classified as "low-risk" to quarantine or self isolate for 14 days. Travelers from states classified as "low-risk", those that have COVID-19 test positivity rates of less than 5 percent or infection rates of fewer than 80 new cases per 1 million inhabitants over a seven-day rolling average, are exempt from the quarantine requirement. As of Sept. 23, the states classified as low-risk are:

 

  • Connecticut, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, and Washington

 


Travelers from any other US state or from foreign countries must self-quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. Persons providing proof of having tested negative for COVID-19 no more than 72 hours before arrival are exempt from this requirement. Travelers can also be released from the quarantine directive by testing negative for COVID-19 after arrival in New Mexico. The order does not apply to New Mexico residents who visit another state for medical attention or individuals who leave the state for less than 24 hours for parenting responsibilities. Airline employees, federal employees, first responders, public safety workers, health care workers, military personnel, and essential workers who need to conduct business in New Mexico are also exempt.

Other restrictions remain in place, "safe-certified" hotels may open at 75-percent capacity, restaurants may open for indoor dining at 25-percent capacity. Places of worship are permitted to open with up to 40 percent of their maximum capacity. Museums with static displays may open at 25 percent capacity. Public gatherings of up to 10 people are permitted. 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 and health mandates still apply to such establishments. Recreational facilities and entertainment venues, such as movie theaters and amusement parks, remain closed. Only New Mexico residents are allowed to visit state parks and authorities are requiring park visitors to show proper identification prior to entry. Residents and visitors in New Mexico are still required to wear protective face coverings whenever in public; authorities are also encouraging residents to stay home unless completing essential tasks.

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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