Re-Opening Phase 1: What You Need to Know

Our "All Together New Mexico" approach is working in most parts of the state. 

Transmission rates are down, New Mexicans are adopting important social distancing measures and the data show that we can start the gradual re-opening of non-essential businesses. 

Some things, though, haven't changed. Here's what you need to know:

Social Distancing Remains in Place

  • All New Mexicans--especially the elderly and those with underlying medical conditions-- are still encouraged to stay home except when necessary and to abide by all social distancing guidelines, including no gatherings. 

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  • All residents of New Mexico, including children, must wear face masks or other face coverings in public, except when eating, drinking, and exercising. 










Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has announced the following changes to the COVID-19 public safety orders starting tomorrow, Saturday, May 16:

  • All retailers that provide goods and services directly to consumers will be allowed to reopen at 25% of capacity. 
  • Employers must have COVID Safe Practices in place, including requiring employees to wear face masks. 
  • This does not include entertainment venues like movie theaters, concert halls, and amusement parks.
  • Big-box stores and other large-scale retailers will remain at 20% capacity.
  • Dine-in restaurants, indoor malls, salons, and gyms and other businesses that involve prolonged and close physical contact will remain closed for now.
  • New Mexico churches and other houses of worship will be allowed to operate at 25% of capacity.
  • Other non-essential businesses (like office spaces and call centers) may return with up to 25% of pre-crisis staffing levels.
  • Employers should continue to provide work-from-home and telework options wherever possible.

There is also news about programs for kids.  Modified/limited summer youth programs can operate under certain guidelines:

  • 5-to-1 child to adult ratios
  • Only children in the immediate geographic area allowed to attend
  • Self-contained groupings with children staying with the same staff at all times and no group mixing
  • Sports programs restricted to contact-less sports only and non-competitive play

Testing is also going to be an important part of keeping our communities safe. Testing is now open to everyone. People with symptoms or suspected exposure, essential workers and others with sustained public contact are particularly encouraged to get tested.

These are important steps forward, and, if we keep our All Together New Mexico focus, we could be ready for further re-opening measures as soon as June 1st in many parts of the state. 

We have accomplished so much--together--in our efforts to contain this pandemic. I know that by pitching in, helping each other and doing our part we will continue to see positive results and save lives.

While we are easing back to normal here in Bernalillo County, some parts of the state, including San Juan, McKinley and Cibola counties, continue to see an increase in infections and, sadly, deaths. Those counties are exempt from these changes while their communities work to help residents stay safe. The governor will announce re-opening measures for those areas when the data show it is safe to do so. 

As the Chair of the House Health and Human Services Committee, I have been working with the Governor, the Office of the Superintendent of Insurance and others to make sure health care services are available for everyone. I won't stop that work as we re-open. This crisis has exposed gaps in health care services that we must address so that New Mexicans have the health care they need, regardless of public health emergencies.

Thanks to everyone for pitching in. Our state will come out of this stronger than every because of your efforts. 

We are in this together and we will succeed together. 



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