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Governor eases COVID-19 restrictions


During a Thursday, April 30, news conference, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced a new public health order, effective May 1-15. Here are statewide changes resulting from that new health order:


Effective May 1:

• Non-essential retailers can open via curbside pickup and delivery service

• State parks can reopen on a modified day-use-only basis as staff is available

• Pet services can reopen

• Golf courses can reopen for golf only

• Gun stores can operate (by appointment only given need for background checks)


What remains closed, restricted:

• Instruction to stay home remains in place for all individuals

• Offices, workspaces, retailers (except for curbside/delivery)

• Dine-in restaurants and bars (except for curbside/delivery)

• Indoor malls, gyms, salons, theaters, casinos remain closed

• Mass gatherings continue to be prohibited

• 14-day quarantine order remains in place for out-of-state airport arrivals


The governor said goals for mid-May include:

• All retailers could operate according to retail COVID-19 safe practices at 20 percent fire code capacity

• Dine-in service at restaurants and bars could be permitted up to 50 percent occupancy, without barstool or standing service

• Gyms and salons, hotels and houses of worship could operate in a limited fashion according to COVID-safe practices

“New Mexicans’ personal decisions will determine whether it will be safe to move forward in mid-May, the governor said.


Governor’s recommendations if you go out:

• Wear “a multilayer cloth face covering in public settings.”

• Maintain a six-foot distance from others

• Avoid gatherings

• Protect vulnerable populations “by finding ways to connect without face-to-face contact.


Other COVID-safe practices:

• Stay home

• Wash hands frequently

• Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands

• Clean and disinfecting frequently

• Watching for COVID-19 symptoms: fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and/or loss of taste or smell.