UPDATE: New Mexico governor amends guidance for outdoor activities, youth sports


FILE – New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham gives an update on the COVID-19 outbreak in the state during a news conference in the state Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M., Wednesday, April 15, 2020. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP, Pool)

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday announced updates to the state’s public health order to allow for youth sports practices without contact play and camping for New Mexico residents, among other items.

Youth sports practice and skills development can go on; however, no more than 10 in a group are allowed and competitive, contact play is still off-limits.

Overnight camping at most state parks will be permitted for New Mexico residents, effective Oct. 1. Groups are limited to 10 people or less.

As the fall season approaches, businesses such as pumpkin patches will be allowed; however, the state has not yet issued guidance on fall activities such as corn mazes and haunted houses.

Also allowed to open are ice skating rinks for hockey and figure skating lessons and groups, as well as swimming pools. Only 10 people at a time will be allowed at pools, and masks must be worn when out of the pool. Those in the pool must remain socially distanced.

While the state is heading in the right direction regarding COVID-19 — New Mexico’s infection rate is 0.89 as of Sept. 15, besting the state’s gating target of 1.05 or less — there’s still work to be done.

“We are not there yet, but that has to be the goal,” she said. “The more we do as individuals, the more opportunity it is for all New Mexicans to have access to the critical required services and the businesses that they desire. New Mexico businesses deserve our effort and attention here and so do our kids.”

You can view the stream below:

A simultaneous interpretation of the news conference in Spanish will be streamed live on YouTube​.

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