Wed. Aug 12th, 2020

Indoor seating once again restricted in New Mexico restaurants

SANTA FE (KSMX)- On Thursday, July 9, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials announced that based on the data reflected in gating criteria, indoor seating in restaurants will once again be prohibited as well as contact sports for the fall season.

Effective July 13, indoor seating at restaurants and breweries will be restricted, however, establishments may continue patio or outdoor seating at 50% of maximum occupancy adhering to COVID-Safe practices. Restaurants may continue to provide carry out and delivery services and breweries may continue to provide curbside pickup services.

Schools reopening will continue to depend on the state’s containment of the virus.

However, decisions have been made for specific fall sports:

  • No contact sports will be permitted this fall. (Football, Soccer)
  • Modified schedules to be evaluated for potentially later in the school year.
  • Other non-contact sports are under review and will likely have delayed starts to the season.
  • “Fall sports will not happen if schools cannot reopen.”

State parks are not open to out-of-state residents. Visitors must demonstrate proof of residency or will not be permitted entry. Camping at state parks remains prohibited and is only open for day-use.

Visitors must adhere to physical distancing.

“I worry the notion that we are completely safe is taken as an invitation. Without a vaccine, our only choice is to not get it. We flattened the curve once and I believe we can do it again.”

New Mexico continues to lead the nation in testing for the virus. According to officials, testing results have moved to a speedier contact for negative results. Those who test negative will now receive their results through text messages. Positive results will always be contacted by the NMDOH via phone call.