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Posted on: October 19, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Parks and Recreation Department Reminds No Mass Gatherings in Parks

Apodaca Park picnic table and playground (Photo)

While it might be tempting to celebrate coming events like Halloween in the parks, the City of Las Cruces Parks and Recreation Department reminds the community that under the Governor’s emergency health mandates, mass gatherings are not allowed in indoor or outdoor spaces.

COVID-19 safe practices and the State Public Health Order ( still in place mandate: 

  1. Wearing face coverings in public settings except when eating, drinking, or swimming.
  2. Practicing social distancing.
  3. Limiting the numbers of people gathering to five or fewer. (Violations can be reported to COVID-19, Provide the name of the location and address, if possible.)

The Parks and Recreation Department encourages community members to enjoy the outdoors while using public parks and trails. But everyone is asked to remain highly vigilant about following safety practices to protect themselves and others, which means avoiding risky mass gatherings.

Per the Governor’s public order, a “mass gathering” means any public gathering, private gathering, organized event, ceremony, parade, organized amateur contact sport, or other grouping that brings together more than five individuals in in a single room or connected space, confined outdoor space or an open outdoor space.”

Alternative fun and safe Las Cruces Halloween events and activities during this time of Covid-19 can be found at

Parks and Recreation COVID-19 updates can be found at To contact the Parks and Recreation Department Administration Offices, call 575/541-2550 or email at

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