Covid 19 Traveller Information

UPDATED March 24, 2021

As of March 24, 2021, Santa Fe County is classified as TURQUOISE.

The State of New Mexico has implemented a county-by-county Red to Green Framework permitting counties to operate under less restrictive public health measures when health metrics demonstrating the extent of the spread of the virus and test positivity within those counties are met. The framework now includes a new least restrictive level where all categories of business can operate indoors with minimal occupancy limitations, depending on the risk level of the activity. A county will reach this least restrictive level, the Turquoise Level, by meeting key health criteria for two consecutive two-week periods and effectively graduating out of the Red-Yellow-Green framework, provided the virus remains suppressed. Click here to learn more about the Red to Green Framework.

Covid risk levels New Mexico


Effective Thursday, February 11, 2021 the state will no longer require self-quarantine for visitors arriving into the state. Visitors from anywhere outside of the state will instead be strongly advised to self-quarantine for a period of 14 days and to seek out a COVID-19 test upon their arrival in or return to New Mexico. 

Under the Red to Green Framework, the following TURQUOISE restrictions are currently being implemented in Santa Fe:

  • Essential businesses (non-retail): No capacity restrictions but operations must be limited to only those absolutely necessary to carry out essential functions
  • Essential retail spaces: 75% of maximum capacity (indoor and outdoor)
  • Indoor dining will be allowed at food and drink establishments at 75% of maximum occupancy if the establishment is New Mexico Safe Certified,  and outdoor dining will be allowed at 75% of maximum occupancy
  • Close-contact businesses: 75% of maximum capacity (indoor and outdoor); no restrictions on outdoor spaces
  • Large entertainment venues: 33% of maximum capacity for any indoor/enclosed space on premises; 75% of any outdoor space on premises
  • Recreational facilities: 50% of maximum capacity of any indoor/enclosed space on the premises; 75% of any outdoor space on the premises
  • Bars and clubs: 33% of maximum capacity of any indoor/enclosed space on premises; 75% of any outdoor space on premises, where applicable
  • Places of lodging No maximum occupancy restrictions for those that are New Mexico Safe Certified; 50% of maximum occupancy for all others. 15 guests maximum for vacation rentals
  • Mass gathering are limited to 150 individuals, 200 vehicles
  • Effective February 24, New Mexico State Parks, which had previously been open only for day-use for New Mexico residents, will now be open to camping with reservations and day-use for all.
  • Everyone is required to wear a face covering in public in the state of New Mexico, including while exercising. The only exceptions to face coverings in public include eating, drinking, swimming or unless otherwise advised by a health care provider.
  • All open businesses in the state are required to operate in accordance with the New Mexico COVID-Safe Practices PDF File.

For more information on the current Public Health Order, including definitions and specifics, click here.