COVID-19 Traveler Resources

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/

Takeout, Delivery, and Curbside Options

List complied by the Las Cruces Curbside Food and Restaurants Facebook group. Information is subject to change without notice. Please contact restaurants directly for the most up-to-date information.

Currently, all New Mexico state parks, some BLM areas, and White Sands National Park are temporarily closed. Visitors enjoying any outdoor recreation attraction should follow CDC, state, and local guidelines to prevent the spread of infectious diseases and practice Leave No Trace principles.

Statewide Travel Information

Updated as of May 14, 2020

  • New Mexicans must remain home except for outings essential for health, safety and welfare, especially elderly and vulnerable individuals. If you must leave home, gatherings of more than five people remain prohibited and 6 feet of physical distance from others must be maintained.
  • Large retailers like big-box stores and grocery stores will continue operating at 20 percent capacity as determined by fire code.
  • Locations and services where high-intensity contact is unavoidable – such as gyms, salons and dine-in service at restaurants and bars – will remain temporarily closed. Limited in-person operations for those types of businesses could be included in the next modification of the public health order, as soon as early June, depending on New Mexico’s rate of COVID-19 transmission, testing capacity and other gating criteria.
  • Other high-intensity contact services that must remain closed include indoor malls, massage and tattoo parlors, theaters, casinos.
  • 14-day quarantine order remains in place for out-of-state airport arrivals.
  • Vacation rentals prohibited to out-of-state residents.
  • Visits to long-term care and other congregate care facilities remain restricted.

Beginning May 16:

  • Masks will be required of everyone in public places, with exceptions for eating, drinking and exercising and medical requirements.
  • All retailers may operate according to COVID-Safe Practices (“CSPs”) at 25 percent fire code occupancy (a “retailer” is any business that sells goods directly to the ultimate consumer or end-users and does not include wholesalers or suppliers, not does it include entertainment venues such as movie theaters, concert halls, or amusement parks);
  • Non-essential businesses (other than retailers; such as office spaces, call centers) generally may operate according to CSPs at up to 25 percent of pre-crisis staffing levels. All employees should continue to work from home wherever possible;
  • Houses of worship may operate at 10 percent occupancy;
  • Additional state parks and certain outdoor recreation guides with COVID-Safe Practices;

Frequently Asked Questions

Local Travel Guidelines and Information

  • Wear a mask whenever in public places. Except when eating, drinking, exercising or for medical requirements. Please be sure to follow CDC guidelines for correctly using a cloth face covering.
  • Wash your hands frequently.  Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid close contact with others. Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people whenever possible.
  • Plan ahead. Although most rest areas in the state are closed, gas stations in Las Cruces remain open. For a real-time map of road closures in New Mexico visit NMRoads.com. Please contact any businesses or attractions you plan to visit ahead of time.
  • Keep in mind that all gatherings of more than five people are prohibited.
  • Understand that New Mexico is in the early stages of reopening.  Please be aware that the state of New Mexico is currently is in the early stages of reopening so many events, businesses and attractions have been impacted by the state restrictions listed above in the Statewide Travel Information Section.
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