Due to the recent surge in Covid-19 cases across the state, NM has instituted new business restrictions in an attempt to curve the spread of the virus. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the changes Tuesday in a written statement. Starting Friday October 13th the following restrictions will be in effect:
- Any food or drink establishment serving alcohol must close at 10 p.m. It’s the first statewide curfew-like restriction so far in New Mexico.
- Occupancy for hotels will be reduced to a maximum of 60%, down from 75% in the current rules. Hotels that don’t complete a safety-training program face even more strict limits.
- Individuals arriving in New Mexico from high-risk states will be required to quarantine for 14 days, even if they have a negative test, eliminating a previous exemption in the order.
- Gatherings of more than five people will be prohibited, a change from the current 10-person limit. The restriction applies to public or private gatherings, including organized events and sports.
“We have got to turn it around and fast,” Lujan Grisham said in a written statement. “So I once again urge, with my whole heart, that New Mexicans in every corner of the state, city leaders, county leaders, business leaders, community leaders all take up the mantle of fighting this invisible enemy, of requiring and encouraging safe behavior, of asking more of ourselves to protect New Mexico.” Click here for more information.