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INFORMATION ON COVID-19

Last updated March 27, 2020

In response to the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring a Global Health Emergency and the state of New Mexico declaring a Public Health Emergency due to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the New Mexico Tourism Department has put together essential information and resources. NMTD is working closely with the New Mexico Department of Health, the Office of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and other state and federal agencies to provide up-to-date information.

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 concern” (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

For up-to-date information on the status of COVID-19 in, please visit the New Mexico Department of Health. As of March 27, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham issued an executive order requiring air travelers to New Mexico self-isolate for at least 14 days to help combat the spread of COVID-19.

 

Closures and Cancellations

Parks

All state parks are temporarily closed to the public as a public health precaution due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus). These closures are part of the larger effort by state government to minimize public exposure. Visit New Mexico State Parks for more information. The closures will remain in effect until April 10, unless an extension of closures are deemed necessary.

Common spaces, museums, bookstores, and visitor's centers at many of New Mexico's National Parks are also closed, though other park spaces remain open and accessible. Check with the National Park Service website for more information, as well as individual park pages for information on total closures. 

Forests

The National Forests of New Mexico have closed developed recreation sites, though the majority of the National Forests are still open to visitors. 

Museums

All state-operated museums and historic sites are temporarily closed to the public as a public health precaution due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus). These closures are part of the larger effort by state government to minimize public exposure. Visit www.newmexicoculture.org for updates and to explore online resources and collections. The closures will remain in effect until April 10, unless an extension of closures are deemed necessary.

Events

The New Mexico Health Secretary has issued a public health order temporarily prohibiting all mass gatherings (gatherings of more than 5 people). Click here for more information on this directive.

Restaurants

Restaurants and bars are closed to dine-in service. Food establishments may continue to provide service through take-out or delivery service only. This directive is to remain in effect until April 10, unless an extension is deemed necessary. Click here for more information.

Hotels

Hotels, resorts, and other lodging establishments must operate at 50% maximum occupancy. Click here for more information.

 

Additional Resources

Center for Disease Control

New Mexico Department of Health

World Health Organization