On Tuesday Afternoon, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has announced that the state will temporarily reimplement the requirement for face masks to be worn in all public indoor spaces regardless of vaccination status. Beginning Friday August 20th through at least September 15, masks will be required for everyone aged 2 years old and older. This does include all indoor school settings aligning with the latest CDC guidance. The exceptions are for eating and drinking.
Additionally, the Vaccine will now be required for all hospital workers and all workers in congregate care setting. Congregate care settings include, but aren’t limited to: nursing homes, assisted living facilities, state correctional facilities and etc.
Unvaccinated workers in these settings must obtain a first COVID-19 shot within 10 days and the second shot, as needed, within 40 days of the first shot. For workers that qualify for any of the few expectations, a negative COVID test must be provided weekly in lieu of proof of vaccination.
As of Tuesday, August 17, 2021 more than 300 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 in New Mexico. By the end of August, the state is projecting 1,000 COVID-19 cases daily.
- To read the full public health order on masks, click here. It will take effect Friday, Aug. 20.
- To read the full public health order on vaccination requirements, click here