LAS CRUCES COVID-19 RESOURCE GUIDE

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FACE COVERINGS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL VISITORS AND RESIDENTS IN NEW MEXICO. The only exceptions are when drinking, eating or under written medical instruction. Violators are subject to a $100 fine.

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Framework enables counties to reopen further when meeting key health metrics

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In an effort designed to provide local communities the flexibility to operate more day-to-day activities, the state of New Mexico will transition to a tiered county-by-county COVID-19 risk system on Dec. 2, enabling local communities to shed burdensome restrictions as soon as public health data show the virus is retreating within their borders.

The shift in the state’s “reopening” framework will come after a two-week “reset” period, in which state health officials enacted the most heightened level of statewide public health restrictions upon places of business and day-to-day activities in an effort to blunt the spread of COVID-19 all across New Mexico.

An amended emergency public health order will be executed Monday, Nov. 30, installing the new framework with an effective date of Wednesday, Dec. 2. The current operative requirements of the state’s two-week “reset” will be in effect through that time.

The spread of COVID-19 remains a statewide emergency. Hospitals and health care providers all across New Mexico have reported great strain in responding to the escalating illness and mortality caused by the continued spread of the virus.

The county-by-county framework will permit counties – and the businesses and nonprofit entities within their borders – to operate under less restrictive public health measures when health metrics demonstrating the extent of the virus’ spread and test positivity within those counties are met.

In order to prevent and mitigate the effects of the spread of the virus, and to ameliorate the unsustainable resultant strain placed upon the state’s health care system and personnel, counties where the virus is more prevalent will operate under more restrictive public health measures.

Likewise, counties where the virus has been or is being suppressed will operate under less restrictive measures.

Counties will operate under one of three levels: Red, signifying very high risk; Yellow, signifying high risk; and Green, signifying medium risk.

The New Mexico Department of Health maintains an official map displaying each county’s current level on its designated COVID-19 webpage, cv.nmhealth.org. To capture an average over a period of time that accurately conveys the state of the spread of the virus in each county, the agency updates this map every other Wednesday.

When a county fails to meet the specified metrics for a given level upon the biweekly update of the map, it will begin operating at the next most restrictive level within 48 hours. When a county meets the specific metrics for a less restrictive level, the county may begin operating at that level of restrictions upon immediate effect of the department’s biweekly update of the map.

The two key health metrics that will used to determine where a county sits within the tiered framework are pulled identified within the state’s gating criteria, the set of public health data points tracked and measured by the state Medical Advisory Team and others: The per-capita incidence of new COVID-19 cases and average COVID-19 test positivity over a statistically meaningful period of time. These are also the same metrics the state has used to classify counties for the purposes of gauging the risk level for limited public school reopenings and limited nursing home visitations.

As of Friday, Nov. 27, 32 of the state’s 33 counties are at the Red Level. At this level, almost every category of business or nonprofit entity may operate – but with limited capacity and reduced operations, owing to the very high risk of viral spread.

The map will next be updated Wednesday, Dec. 2, and every other Wednesday thereafter.

The public health requirements for each level – and reminders about definitions of businesses and other entities within the state’s emergency public health order – can be found here.

No matter a county’s level, the following requirements remain in place statewide:

  • Facemasks are required to be worn in public.
  • Businesses that accrue a significant number of positive COVID-19 cases within their workforce in a two-week span are subject to temporary closure by the Department of Health.
    • An essential business may be permitted to continue operating if the Department of Health and Environment Department determine the business is a necessary provider of goods or services within the community in light of geographic considerations.
    • Businesses that test each employee every two weeks and regularly provide contact training data to the Environment Department shall not be subject to closure under this framework
    • This applies only to food and drink establishments; close-contact businesses; places of lodging; retail spaces; and other other businesses which members of the public regularly visit.
    • The closure process is triggered if four or more rapid responses occur within a 14-day period.
  • Businesses and nonprofits must adhere to the state’s COVID-Safe Practices.

NEW MEXICO TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS IN EFFECT

FAQ

To assure public health and safety and to minimize the community spread of COVID-19, individuals arriving from states with a 5% positivity rate or greater or a new case rate greater than 80 per 1 million residents, each calculated over a seven-day rolling average, must physically separate from others in a residence or place of lodging for at least 14 days from the date of their entry into New Mexico or for the duration of their presence in the state, whichever is shorter. For a full list of high-risk states, click here.
Self-quarantine is still advised for persons arriving from low-risk states, and they are also advised to be tested for COVID-19 within 5 to 7 days of arrival in the state.
The state’s testing locations are available here​ and through cv.nmhealth.org. Individuals seeking information about testing and COVID-19 generally may also call 1-855-600-3453.
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Hotels & Lodging

Hotels, resorts, and other lodging establishments that have been safe-certified will operate at 40% maximum occupancy. Those that have not completed the training will operate at 25% capacity. Five guests max for vacation rentals.

Masks required when entering/exiting, exercising and moving about the hotel, the only exceptions are when drinking, eating or under written medical instruction.

Restaurants

All food and drink establishments serving alcohol must close at 9 p.m. daily. Restaurants and breweries can offer outdoor dining service at 25% maximum occupancy. Indoor dining is not allowed. Restaurants may continue to operate carry out, pickup and delivery services. Breweries may continue to operate curbside pickup services. When you enter/exit the restaurant and are away from your table, a face covering is required. The only exceptions are when eating, drinking or under written medical instruction.

Retail

All retail establishments must close by 10 p.m. daily. Essential retail may operate at 25% maximum occupancy or 75 customers (whichever is fewer) in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices. All other retailers and indoor malls may operate at 25% maximum occupancy or 75 customers (whichever is fewer) in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices. Masks are required, the only exceptions are when drinking, eating or under written medical instruction.
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Photo by Gustavo Fring from Pexels

Salons, Barber Shops and Spas

Hair salons, barber shops, nail salons, massage services and related services may operate at 25% maximum occupancy or 10 customers (whichever is fewer) in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices. Masks required, the only exceptions are when under written medical instruction.
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Gyms

Gyms may operate at 25% maximum occupancy or 10 customers (whichever is fewer) in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices. Masks required, the only exceptions are when under written medical instruction.

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Travel

To assure public health and safety and to minimize the community spread of COVID-19, individuals arriving from states with a 5% positivity rate or greater or a new case rate greater than 80 per 1 million residents, each calculated over a seven-day rolling average, must physically separate from others in a residence or place of lodging for at least 14 days from the date of their entry into New Mexico or for the duration of their presence in the state, whichever is shorter. For a full list of states required to quarantine, click here. Self-quarantine is still advised for persons arriving from low-risk states, and they are also advised to be tested for COVID-19 within 5 to 7 days of arrival in the state.

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Hotels & Lodging

Hotels & Lodging

Hotels, resorts, and other lodging establishments that have been safe-certified will operate at 40% maximum occupancy. Those that have not completed the training will operate at 25% capacity. Five guests max for vacation rentals.

Masks required when entering/exiting, exercising and moving about the hotel, the only exceptions are when drinking, eating or under written medical instruction.

Restaurants

Restaurants

All food and drink establishments serving alcohol must close at 9 p.m. daily. Restaurants and breweries can offer outdoor dining service at 25% maximum occupancy. Indoor dining is not allowed. Restaurants may continue to operate carry out, pickup and delivery services. Breweries may continue to operate curbside pickup services. When you enter/exit the restaurant and are away from your table, a face covering is required. The only exceptions are when eating, drinking or under written medical instruction.

Retail

Retail

All retail establishments must close by 10 p.m. daily. Essential retail may operate at 25% maximum occupancy or 75 customers (whichever is fewer) in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices. All other retailers and indoor malls may operate at 25% maximum occupancy or 75 customers (whichever is fewer) in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices. Masks are required, the only exceptions are when drinking, eating or under written medical instruction.
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Photo by Gustavo Fring from Pexels

Salons, Barber Shops and Spas

Salons, Barber Shops and Spas

Hair salons, barber shops, nail salons, massage services and related services may operate at 25% maximum occupancy or 10 customers (whichever is fewer) in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices. Masks required, the only exceptions are when under written medical instruction.
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Gyms

Gyms

Gyms may operate at 25% maximum occupancy or 10 customers (whichever is fewer) in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices. Masks required, the only exceptions are when under written medical instruction.

Photo by Andrea Piacquadio from Pexels

Travel

Travel

To assure public health and safety and to minimize the community spread of COVID-19, individuals arriving from states with a 5% positivity rate or greater or a new case rate greater than 80 per 1 million residents, each calculated over a seven-day rolling average, must physically separate from others in a residence or place of lodging for at least 14 days from the date of their entry into New Mexico or for the duration of their presence in the state, whichever is shorter. For a full list of states required to quarantine, click here. Self-quarantine is still advised for persons arriving from low-risk states, and they are also advised to be tested for COVID-19 within 5 to 7 days of arrival in the state.

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New Mexico Safe Certified Restaurants

NM Safe Certified Restaurants

All food and drink establishments serving alcohol must close at 9 p.m. daily. Restaurants and breweries can offer outdoor dining service at 75% maximum occupancy. Indoor dining is allowed at 25% capacity only to establishments that have been safe-certified. Restaurants may continue to operate carry out, pickup and delivery services. Breweries may continue to operate curbside pickup services.

If the restaurant you want to patronize is not listed, please call to confirm if it is NM Safe Certified. Restaurants are still in the process of completing their online profiles, so they may not be listed, yet.
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PLAYING IT SAFE

ARE NEW MEXICO'S NATIONAL PARKS OPEN?

YES AND NO

White Sands National Park is open with limited access. The visitor center and gift shop are closed. The dunes, hiking trails and picnic areas are open.

Carlsbad Caverns National Park is TEMPORARILY CLOSED. Before planning your visit, check with each park for restrictions and hours.

Please make note, only essential businesses are open in the state of New Mexico. There is a stay-at-home order currently in place for the health and safety of New Mexico residents. It is advised not to travel to New Mexico over these next two weeks unless absolutely necessary. We ask all out-of-state visitors to adhere to New Mexico public health regulations currently in place. Those regulations can be found by scrolling up.

WHITE SANDS NATIONAL PARK      |      CARLSBAD CAVERNS NATIONAL PARK

ARE NEW MEXICO'S STATE PARKS OPEN?

NO

Not all state parks in New Mexico are open. Before you visit, check for closures, restrictions and hours. Out-of-state visitors are NOT allowed at New Mexico state parks. Visitors to state parks must demonstrate proof of residency or will not be permitted entry.

LIST OF STATE PARKS THAT ARE OPEN      |       FAQ

COVID-19 Resource Guide

As you know, limitations and restrictions designed to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to impact travel, attractions, and businesses throughout the city, state, and country. The information below is designed to provide information about what restrictions are in place and what resources are available for travelers.

Visit Las Cruces is continually monitoring the rapidly changing situation and will be updating this page as the situations changes or new information becomes available. The Visit Las Cruces offices are currently closed until futher notice. For more general information, please contact: cvb@lascrucescvb.org

To help ensure the health and safety of travelers and community members,  travelers are encouraged to always exercise healthy travel habits and follow guidance issued by official sources of public health information.

If you feel ill, please refrain from traveling and stay home. If you suspect you may have COVID-19, call the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) at (505) 827-0006. For additional information and resources, call the NMDOH Coronavirus Hotline at 1-855-600-3453 or visit: http://cv.nmhealth.org/

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