Wed. Jun 3rd, 2020

New Mexico on track for further openings come June

SANTA FE (KSMX)- Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and state health officials announced today, May 20, that New Mexico continues to stay on track with gating criteria data. Even while lessening restrictions on some nonessential businesses, New Mexico has seen a slow but sure decline rate of spread in each region of the state.

Lujan Grisham announced that New Mexico is on track for further openings for June 1. “People still need to practice safe COVID-19 practices to not just help themselves but others as well”.

Part 2 of Phase 1 will include further lessening of restrictions on:

  • salons
  • barbers
  • gyms
  • indoor malls
  • dine-in restaurants.
  •  It will also include a potential expansion of occupancy limits for houses of worship and hotels/motels.

Earlier this month, nonessential retail businesses and places of worship were allowed to operate at 25% of their fire code capacity with COVID-safe practices in place.

Testing in New Mexico has been a focus for officials with a goal of 5,000 tests each day. There has been a total tests 147,344 conducted statewide and encourages individuals to seek testing whether you have symptoms or not.

The NMDOH have completed testing of 100% of their staff and 25% of inmates in all of New Mexico state prison facilities. Many detention centers in the state have completed testing 100% of their guards and 25% of county jail inmates. Curry County Detention Center is in the progress of completing these tests.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced reopenings for businesses, however Potter, Randall, Moore, Deaf Smith, and El Paso County counties would be delayed by one week from the rest of Texas in the Phase 2 reopening process. Gov. Abbott said the area around Amarillo is suffering the fastest growth of COVID-19 in Texas, therefore, precautions are being taken in the area pertaining to the recovery process.