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FAQ - Impact of COVID-19

Please refer to this FAQ for critical questions pertaining to COVID-19 and the impact on the New Mexico tourism industry.

Current Public Health Order

Are visitors to New Mexico required to self-quarantine?

No, New Mexico does not require visitors to self-quarantine.

Are masks required in New Mexico?

Per the CDC, in most circumstances, fully vaccinated individuals are no longer required to wear a mask in either indoor or outdoor settings. All individuals who are unvaccinated or not yet fully vaccinated are still required, per the public health order and CDC guidance, to wear a mask in public settings. Individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Individuals who do not meet those requirements must continue to wear a mask in public settings.


Business Operations

What is the current state of restrictions for businesses in New Mexico?

Limited occupancy and business operations is determined by a "red to green" county-based framework. With the continued success of New Mexico's vaccination efforts, state officials believe we will reach the 60% threshold of eligible residents fully vaccinated by June 30, 2021. When that happens, the state's "red to green" framework, limitations of mass gatherings, and many of the state's COVID-Safe Practices will be retired. More information on the "red to green" framework is available here:

What is the status on New Mexico State Parks?

New Mexico State Parks are open for residents and visitors. Some state parks are currently open overnight camping, and must be reserved online. Visit the New Mexico State Parks FAQ to learn more about which state parks are open for overnight camping and which state parks are day-use only.

What is the status of museums and historical sites?

Most state-operated museums and historic sites are open to the public under modified operations. Visit the Department of Cultural Affairs to learn more state-operated museums and historic sites. To learn more about museums, galleries and other historic and cultural sites not operated by the state, please inquire directly with those venues.

Is NMTD closing Visitor Information Centers?

In order to help mitigate the impact of community spread of COVID-19, the New Mexico Tourism Department made the decision to temporarily close all state-owned visitor information centers until further notice.

Where can I learn more about what New Mexico is doing to respond to COVID-19 and what’s available to affected workers, businesses, students and more? is being updated constantly as the state responds to the COVID-19 outbreak and identifies more resources for affected families and workers. For health-specific information about COVID-19, visit If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and would like to be screened for a test, call 855-600-3453.



All questions about COVID-19 should be directed to the Department of Health.



Is the state adjusting its advertising and marketing strategy?

Because state officials are confident New Mexico will reach the 60% threshold of eligible residents who are fully vaccinated by the end of June, the New Mexico Tourism Department announced it will be restarting its national tourism advertising efforts by the end of May.

Will NMTD continue to market events?

In anticipation of the moment the state will surpass the 60% threshold of eligible residents who are fully vaccinated by the end of June, the Tourism Department will begin publishing events to our event calendar set to take place July 1 or later. If you have a tourism-related event scheduled for July 1, 2021, or later, you can submit that event to use here.


NMTD Programs

What is the status of the Cooperative Marketing Grant Program?

The Tourism Department has reactivated its Cooperative Marketing Grant Program in preparation for FY22. Applications for the FY22 grant cycle close June 1, 2021. Learn more and apply here.

What is the status of the Clean & Beautiful Grant Program?

The application window for the FY22 grant application cycle has closed. When the state reaches the 60% threshold of eligible residents who are fully vaccinated and retires some of the event and mass gathering restrictions associated with the public health order, the Tourism Department will reevaluate eligible activities under this program.