SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced Thursday that more businesses across the state will be able to reopen Monday, June 1. According to New Mexico health officials, New Mexico reached its peak of cases on May 1. As cases go down, New Mexicans will finally be able to go inside a restaurant, get haircuts workout at gyms and go to the mall, however, there will still be some restrictions.
“Now I’m asking for the reverse, as businesses did their part to protect New Mexicans we have to protect businesses as we continue to expand in terms of opening the economy. By respecting that they can’t stay open if you don’t stay home when you can, wear a mask, wash your hands and socially distance yourself,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham.
- Restaurants may operate indoor dine-in service at 50% of maximum occupancy in accordance with COVID-safe practices.
- Bar and counter seating prohibited; no standing service.
- Six-feet of distance between tables of seated customers.
- Discontinue services stations that require customers to congregate
- Hair salons, barbershops, tattoo parlors, massage services and nail salons may operate at 25% of maximum occupancy.
- Accept clients on an appointment-only basis.
- Indoor malls may open at 25% of maximum occupancy.
- Loitering prohibited; food courts must remain closed.
- Gyms may operate at 50% of maximum occupancy in accordance with COVID-safe practices.
- Pools may be used only for lap-swimming and lessons of up to two students; pools must otherwise adhere to CDC guidelines for pools, hot tubs, and water playgrounds.
- Personal training permitted for up to two trainees.
- Drive-in theaters permitted with COVID-safe practices.
- Additional state parks will reopen in phases.
- Hotels may operate at 50% of maximum occupancy under COVID-safe practices.
- 14-day quarantine order for airport arrivals amended to permit certain business travel under.
What will remain the same
- Retailers and houses of worship may operate at 25% of maximum occupancy.
- Bars remain temporarily closed.
- Breweries/wineries can do curbside pickup where permitted by license.
- Face coverings must be worn in public settings.
- Mass gatherings and congregations still unsafe and prohibited.
- Stay home to the greatest extent possible to help minimize the spread.
The new public health order comes as New Mexico continues to be one of the few states that is meeting CDC guidelines to start reopening. The new order goes into effect Monday, June 1 and lasts 30 days. The governor says that it could be amended in that time if things change.
The state is also rolling out a new program called “Rapid Response.” If an employee at any workplace tests positive, the state will go to that workplace and test their coworkers.
What comes later
- State will continue to track gating criteria and progress in the fight against the virus
- Virus transmission data and other key gating criteria will determine the timeline for theaters, casinos, museums, zoos, bowling alleys, mass gatherings, large events and more.