COVID-19 TRAVELER INFORMATION
Last updated March 16, 2020
In response to the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring a Global Health Emergency due to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the New Mexico Tourism Department has put together essential information and resources to help visitors to the state track the situation. We are committed to providing travelers with accurate and timely information about traveling to our state safely. NMTD and our industry partners are closely monitoring this rapidly evolving situation and following the advice of health officials and government agencies.
Background on COVID-19
The Center of Disease Control (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a novel (new) coronavirus that was first detected in China and which has now been detected in almost 70 locations internationally, including the United States. The virus has been named “SARS-CoV-2” and the disease it causes has been named “coronavirus disease 2019” (abbreviated “COVID-19”)
On January 30, 2020, the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee of the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a “public health emergency of international concernexternal icon” (PHEIC). On January 31, 2020, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex M. Azar II declared a public health emergency (PHE) for the United States to aid the nation’s healthcare community responding to COVID-19.
Status of COVID-19 in New Mexico
As of March 16, 2020, there are 17 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in New Mexico.
In response to the firm confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in New Mexico, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham declared a Public Health Emergency on March 11, 2020, to address the global crisis.
You can follow updates from the New Mexico Department of Health.
There are currently no domestic travel restrictions to the state of New Mexico. However, visitors to New Mexico should follow the protective measures outlined by the CDC:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
- Put distance between yourself and other people
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow
- Throw used tissues in the trash
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care. Learn what to do if you are sick
- If you are sick: you should wear a facemask when you are around other people
- Take everyday precautions to stop the spread of germs
- Stay up to date of the latest travel advisories from the CDC, WHO, and the S. Department of State
Closures and Cancellations
As a part of the larger effort to minimize public exposure, some attractions, events, and destinations may be temporarily closed or suspended. As always, travelers are encouraged to check the status of their travel reservations, events, and attractions before travel. Travelers should also call their local visitors bureau for information specific to their travel destination.
- Effective March 16, 2020, all state parks are closed to visitors in order to minimize face-to-face contact. Temporary closures are in effect until April 9, 2020. Visit the New Mexico State Parks website for more information regarding the temporary closures
- As of March 16, 2020, all New Mexico National Parks and Monuments are open. Please check with individual parks regarding the cancellation of events and programs
- Effective March 15, 2020, all Department of Cultural Affairs museums and historic sites are temporarily closed to the public as a public health precaution due to COVID-19
As of March 16, 2020, the following ski areas have suspended operations. Please contact individual ski areas for more information.
The New Mexico Health Secretary has issued a public health order temporarily prohibiting mass gatherings in New Mexico that brings together 100 people or more. Because of this, many events across the state have been postponed or cancelled. Please call event organizers individually ahead of time for the status of the event.
Restaurants and bars across New Mexico will not be allowed to operate at more than 50% maximum occupancy beginning March 16, 2020. Please call individual businesses to inquire about seating and reservation availability.