Travel Update

Safe practices, requirements, and status of tourism businesses in New Mexico.  

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Tips for Healthy & Safe Travel In New Mexico

During this time, the New Mexico business community is implementing additional COVID-Safe Practices at their establishments to help ensure the health and safety of their customers. Below are some of the additional safety measures you can expect and plan ahead for when visiting New Mexico’s businesses, restaurants, and attractions.

For more information on the status of COVID-19 in New Mexico, please visit the New Mexico Department of Health.

red alert NOTICE FOR ALL TRAVELERS: Effective February 11, New Mexico will no longer require self-quarantine for visitors arriving into the state from "high-risk" states. Visitors from anywhere outside of the state will instead by 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. 

 

mask icon NOTICE FOR ALL TRAVELERS: Face coverings are required for all visitors and residents in New Mexico. The only exceptions are when drinking, eating, or under medical instruction. Any individual found in violation may face a $100 fine.

 

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Guidelines for Travel in New Mexico

If you are traveling to New Mexico, please follow all safety guidelines and restrictions. Local governments may impose more restrictive guidelines so be sure to check local instructions before traveling. Please be mindful of the following general guidelines for travel to and within the state of New Mexico:

  • Effective December 2, guidelines and restrictions in New Mexico have moved to a county-by-county basis. Please consult the county map from the New Mexico Department of Health to learn more about specific county restrictions
  • Effective February 11, New Mexico will no longer require self-quarantine for visitors arriving into the state from "high-risk" states. However, visitors from anywhere outside of the state are strongly advised to self-quarantine for 14 days and seek out a COVID-19 test upon their arrival in New Mexico
  • Everyone is required to wear a face covering in public in the state of New Mexico. The only exceptions to wearing a face covering are eating, drinking, or medical requirements.
  • Drive-in events may operate in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices.
  • Effective February 24, 2021, Casinos, Entertainment Venues, and Recreational Facilities may operate in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices within the county-by-county framework

 

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COVID-Safe New Practices at Hotels, Resorts & Lodging

Please note that guidelines and restrictions in New Mexico have moved to a county-by-county basis. Please consult the county map from the New Mexico Department of Health to learn more about lodging operations for specific counties. Please note these changes to hotel and lodging operations:

  • Lodging establishments will adhere to the enhanced cleaning procedures outlined by the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s Stay Safe Enhanced Industry-Wide Hotel Cleaning Standards.
  • Comfort items and appliances such as coffee machines, irons, hair dryers, extra blankets, etc. may be provided upon request.
  • Housekeeping shall only provide cleaning service during a guest’s stay upon request by the guest.
  • Multiple guests per room are to be limited to “same households” only (individuals who live within the same place of residence).
  • If food service is provided onsite, room service is encouraged as a first option for guests who would like food service with food carts being left at guest’s door to minimize contact.
  • Self-serve food bars and refreshments such as water, coffee, ice, etc. will be closed or removed. Hotel staff can provide these services upon request.
  • Valet service will be suspended.

 

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Safe Dining

Please note that guidelines and restrictions in New Mexico have moved to a county-by-county basis. Please consult the county map from the New Mexico Department of Health to learn more about restaurant operating procedures for specific counties. Here are some of the COVID-Safe Practices and enhanced health and safety practices recommended by the Food and Drug Administration and the CDC that you can expect to be in place to keep customers safe while dining at New Mexico’s restaurants:

  • In an effort to support contact tracing, restaurants will be required to retain a daily log of all customers and employees who enter their establishment.
  • All customers are required to be screened for COVID-19 symptoms through a questionnaire upon entry of the premises.
  • Reservations, dining parties and private events may not exceed the mass gathering definition.
  • Reusable items such as menus and condiment containers left on tables will be cleaned and sanitized after each use. Items that cannot be cleaned and sanitized after each use will be replaced with single-use items.
  • Animals and pets, excluding service animals, will not be permitted inside the establishment, onto patios, into stores, or other such areas.

 

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Responsible Outdoor Recreation

Effective February 24, 2021, New Mexico State Parks will be open for day use hours to all visitors. Effective February 27, camping will reopen to all visitors by reservation only. While many parks are reopening, services, activities, and hours of operations may be limited so please consult the current Conditions and Alerts page for each park.

Please be aware of the following safety and health guidelines currently in place:

  • Group sizes vary by county, so check the status of the county before traveling to a New Mexico State Park
  • Wearing a mask or cloth face covering is mandatory in public settings
  • Maintain a 6-foot distance between people
  • Visitors are strongly encouraged to carry their own sanitizing supplies and PPE
  • Comfort Stations and restrooms are closed to reduce close contact
  • Vault toilets at some State Parks will be available

Check with the National Park Service website for more information on openings, amenity availability, and best practices.

 

 

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Safe Retail Shopping

Please note that guidelines and restrictions in New Mexico have moved to a county-by-county basis. Please consult the county map from the New Mexico Department of Health to learn more about retail operations for specific counties. Here are some of the safety guidelines required from New Mexico’s retailers to keep customers safe:

  • High-touch items such as doors, fitting rooms, and credit card terminals will be cleaned and disinfected once every two hours (or more frequently).
  • Safety protocols that allow for contactless curbside pickup and home delivery whenever possible will be established.
  • Signs, stanchions, and/or floor decals will be utilized wherever possible to support 6-foot social distancing, including one-way aisle traffic, and separate entry/exit.

 

 

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COVID-Safe Practices for Museums and Cultural Sites

Museums with static displays may operate at limited occupancy in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices. Beginning February 4, state museums and historic sites may reopen under a modified framework. To learn more about the modified operations for state museums and historic sites, visit the Department of Cultural Affairs website

Please contact individual museums and cultural institutions before planning your visit for additional information regarding openings, hours of operations, and available services. Here are some of the safety guidelines required to keep patrons safe:

  • Interactive exhibits and attractions will be discontinued.
  • Use of rental equipment, such as headsets, portable speakers, and strollers will be discontinued unless required for ADA accessibility. 
  • Use of coat check areas, lockers, backpack and purse storage, and related  storage for public use will be discontinued.

 

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Safe Travel Recommendations

Outside of the modified 14-day self-quarantine requirement on certain travel to New Mexico (see above), there are currently no domestic travel restrictions to the state of New Mexico. However, visitors to New Mexico should continue to follow the protective measures outlined by the CDC:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Put a distance of at least six feet between you and other people
  • Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care
  • Stay up to date on the latest travel advisories from the CDC, WHO, and the U.S. Department of State

 

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Additional Resources

Center for Disease Control

New Mexico Department of Health

World Health Organization