As of Feb. 17, 2022, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has lifted the requirement for face coverings to be worn in most indoor spaces, effective immediately.
The indoor mask mandate remains in effect for congregate settings, including hospitals, long-term care facilities and detention facilities. The decision on masking in schools will be left up to governing school bodies, which may elect to keep or suspend masking requirements. An updated public health order, in effect as of Thursday, February 17, is attached to this news release.
“I want to express my gratitude to every New Mexican who has steadfastly worn a mask, gotten vaccinated, and done everything in their power to protect their neighbors, as well as the heroic health care and frontline workers who have courageously supported our communities during this uncertain time,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham. “Given the continued drop in hospitalizations and the lessening of the burden on our hospitals, it’s time to end the mask mandate. With vaccines, boosters and effective treatment options widely available, we have the tools we need to protect ourselves and keep our fellow New Mexicans safe.”
A federal indoor mask mandate remains in place for transit vehicles, transit buildings and the Las Cruces Airport terminal building. That mandate will remain in place until it is lifted by the federal government.
For various reasons, many individuals will likely continue to wear masks in public places. It is their right. We encourage everyone to respect those rights and continue to display common courtesy.
For additional information and resources, call the NMDOH Coronavirus Hotline at 855-600-3453.