Thursday, April 30, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham formally announced the Public Health Order will extend to May 15, effective May 1 with modifications to gradually and safely reopen New Mexico’s economy. 

During Thursday’s COVID-19 update, Gov. Lujan Grisham called the amended public health order the “Preparation Phase” of the Economic Recovery plan. As the order relaxes several restrictions to begin to alleviate economic pressure, health precautions are still in effect to ensure the safety of other and decrease the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

Beginning May 1, the public health order allows for: 

  • Non-essential retails can operate via curbside pickup and delivery services where permitted by their license only
  • State Parks will reopen for day-use-only basis if staffing is available
    • Camping and Visitor Centers will remain closed
  • Pet services (adoption/groomers/daycares/boarding) permitted to operate 
  • Veterinarians permitted to operate 
  • Golf courses allowed to reopen for golf only – no dine-in food services or retail
  • Gun stores can operate (by appointment only given need for background checks) 

Remains closed: 

  • Instruction to stay home remains in place for all individuals
  • Offices, workspaces, retailers (except for curbside/delivery)
  • Dine-in restaurants and bars (except for curbside/delivery)
  • Still unsafe and closed: indoor malls, gyms, salons, theaters, casinos
  • Mass gatherings prohibited
  • 14-day quarantine order remains in place for out-of-state airport arrivals

Gov. Lujan Grisham also announced the development and implementation of a Navajo Nation Rapid Response Team that will work to assess and address the needs of communities in the northwest corner of the state, as McKinley County has passed Bernalillo County in the number of positive COVID-19 cases. 

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New Mexico tourism-industry COVID-19 resources and information can be found here.