Important Update Regarding Mask Requirements in New Mexico
On Tuesday, September 15,2021, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced extending the State’s Emergency Public Health Order through October 15, 2021, which includes continued mask mandates for those 2 years or older in all public indoor setting with limited exemptions such as when eating or drinking. The state of New Mexico will temporarily re-implement a statewide requirement that facemasks be worn in all public indoor spaces, with only limited exceptions, and regardless of vaccination status, to stem the state’s rising tide of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations.
Under a public health order issued by Acting Health Secretary David R. Scrase, M.D., the re-implemented mask requirement applies to all individuals aged 2 and older in all indoor public settings – except when eating or drinking.
The indoor mask requirement will be effective September 15,2021. It will remain in effect until at least October 15,2021.
Businesses, houses of worship and other entities may enact stricter requirements at their discretion.
Previously, the state had only recommended that individuals who have been vaccinated resume wearing facemasks in indoor spaces. Unvaccinated individuals have been and remain required to wear facemasks in indoor public settings.
Beginning July 1, 2021, all businesses, large events, and organizations across the state may once again operate at 100% of maximum capacity.
* There have been no state travel restrictions or requirements since mid-February.
The safety and well-being of our residents and visitors has always been Santa Fe County's top priority. Now, more than ever, we are dedicated to helping you feel confident to travel safely. Santa Fe County continues to work closely with our business partners, monitoring the new safety procedures and practices being implemented within restaurants, accommodations, attractions, venues and more, to ensure you can feel comfortable during your visit.
For additional information on the status of COVID-19 in New Mexico, visit cv.nmhealth.org.