Concerning COVID-19 Trends: Governor Lujan Grisham Pauses Re-Opening, Warns of Further Restrictions If Cases Continue to Rise

As COVID-19 cases continue to grow in New Mexico and particularly in Bernalillo County, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham last week extended the public health orders in effect for the state of New Mexico through July 15th, while also tightening some of restrictions on certain visitors to the state and warning that business re-openings may be at risk if the number of new cases continue to grow. 

She explained the changes to the public health orders in a press conference at the State Capitol, including the requirement that out-of-state visitors quarantine for 14 days and that the state will begin aggressive enforcement of mask-wearing for both businesses and individuals.

As both cases and hospitalizations continue to rise steadily — including in Bernalillo County — there is growing concern among non-essential businesses that there may be a re-imposition of closures and other restrictions, such as those that have been taking place in states seeing even more extreme growth in COVID-19 cases, including neighboring states like Arizona and Texas.

“It is extremely important for both our state’s economy and public health that all New Mexicans and visitors to the state adhere to COVID-safe practices, particularly wearing a mask when in public,” said Chamber President and CEO Terri Cole. “This is a straightforward way everyone can contribute to limiting the spread of COVID-19 and keeping commerce moving in our state.”

The New Mexico Department of Transportation has issued an FAQ document clarifying the COVID-19 travel restrictions now in effect, including the 14-day self-quarantine requirement for visitors and residents returning from international or interstate travel and the requirement that everyone in the state wear masks in public.

You can click here to read the full public health order at the New Mexico Department of Health’s website.

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