Today, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham announced 15 New Mexico counties are at the Yellow Level and four are at the Green Level of the state’s county-by-county Red to Green framework for re-opening. Bernalillo County is among those 15 at the yellow designation.
To reach this level, Bernalillo County had to satisfy one of these requirements: either a new COVID-19 case incidence rate of no greater than 8 cases per 100,000 inhabitants during the most recent two-week period, or an average percent of positive COVID-19 test results over the most recent 14-day period less than or equal to 5%. The state’s map compiled by the Department of Health shows Bernalillo County’s positivity rate at 4.49% and number of cases per 100,000 at 21.1.
The category will allow up 25% indoor dining capacity for restaurants and up to 60% capacity for places of lodging, among other relaxed public health restrictions. The Governor also announced that starting tomorrow, New Mexico will no longer require self-quarantine for visitors to the state.
These announcements follow the state’s Monday report of the lowest daily count of new cases since October 2020. Per the current health order, this map will be updated again on Wednesday, February 24.
Check out the video below to hear Kyle Beasley, Chair of the Chamber’s Board of Directors and Senior Vice President of the Bank of Albuquerque, discuss what these relaxed restrictions mean for local businesses.