SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham along with state health announced Friday that starting on May 16, all retailers will be allowed to reopen at 25% of their maximum capacity, including big-box stores, and houses of worship can also operate at 25% occupancy. Retail spaces do not include entertainment venues such as movie theaters, concert halls, or amusement parks. Restaurants are to remain closed for in-person dining.
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said again Friday that the state is ready to slowly start reopening on May 16. Three northwestern New Mexico counties, McKinley, San Juan and Cibola, remain a COVID-19 hotspot and are exempt from the new order. However, they will be allowed to move into the preparation phase that began two weeks ago for the rest of the state.
In a week, the state has been able to test everyone in corrections facilities and will continue to test. Will also continue to test retirement and nursing homes. The state is currently getting about 5,000 tests and samples daily but is looking to increase that to 7,500 a day.
The governor requests that the states most vulnerable remain home and for the upcoming primary that you request an absentee ballot.
The governor also introduced a New Mexico Mask Madness contest. The bracket style competition is designed to highlight New Mexican’s creative face-coverings. Submissions is open now through Sunday May 24. Voting will begin Tuesday May 26 where top votes will be seeded into brackets and voted on until the champion is determined.