Sun. Sep 19th, 2021

NEW EXECUTIVE ORDER COINCIDES NMPED MASK MANDATE

As of Thursday July 29th, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has signed an executive order requiring all state employees to either be fully vaccinated or get tested for COVID-19 regularly. Under the order, state employees who are not fully vaccinated “shall be required to demonstrate a negative COVID-19 test every two weeks.”

Also stated in the executive order, employees who are not fully vaccinated must wear a mask indoors, with exceptions for eating and drinking. Employees who do not comply “may be subject to disciplinary action, including termination, in accordance with applicable law.”

The order takes effect Monday, Aug. 2.

In addition to the executive order, the New Mexico Department of Education released their tool-kit for the 2021-2022 school year. In it, the requirement for masks for all secondary school unvaccinated students and staff will take effect until further guidance from the Clovis Municipal School District. Currently, all individuals in elementary schools regardless of vaccination status are required to wear a mask while: in a school building, on school transportation or at an indoor school-sponsored event.

According to the NMPED, schools must also maintain a voluntary student surveillance testing program with a weekly goal of testing 25% of unvaccinated students participating in sports and other extracurricular activities.