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Posted on: June 30, 2021

[ARCHIVED] New Mexico to Lift Pandemic Restrictions on Thursday

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Having met Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s goal of 60-percent of eligible residents completing their COVID-19 vaccination series, the state of New Mexico on Thursday, July 1  will remove the remaining pandemic occupancy restrictions on commercial and day-to-day activities, including the color-coded county-by-county system.

Sixty-two percent of eligible New Mexicans have completed their vaccination series as of Tuesday, June 29 according to New Mexico Department of Health data. The agency reported almost 71 percent of eligible New Mexicans hadreceived at least one dose. The state’s vaccination distribution and education efforts will continue.

Effective July 1, all pandemic-related occupancy restrictions on all forms of commercial activity will be lifted. All businesses in New Mexico may once again operate at 100 percent of maximum capacity. Additionally, all limitations on mass gatherings are gone; businesses, large events and organizations may operate at 100 percent of maximum capacity, whether indoor or outdoor.

New Mexicans, particularly unvaccinated residents, should be advised of the risks presented by the Delta variant and should seek their vaccinations at immediately.

Businesses and local governments may still adopt and require additional precautions for residents, employees and patrons, at their discretion, and are still advised to enact whatever social distancing and face-masking measures may be appropriate to ensure the health and safety of customers and staff, in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance.

The state’s updated COVID-Safe Practices, a set of best practices and safety guidance for businesses, will also now follow CDC guidance and will be streamlined for businesses in general; previously, state COVID-Safe Practices had outlined industry-specific requirements.

There have been no state travel restrictions or requirements since mid-February.

Facemasks, in accordance with CDC guidance, have not been required in New Mexico for individuals who have completed their vaccination series since May 14.

New Mexico will continue to follow CDC guidance with respect to face-coverings: Masks will remain required for unvaccinated individuals; regardless of state guidance, businesses, workplaces and tribes may continue to require masks for employees, customers or visitors on the premises, regardless of vaccination status, at their discretion.

Most health care facilities will continue to require masking, screening for COVID-19 symptoms, limited numbers of visitors, limited visitation times and continued COVID-19 testing for hospitalized patients and those undergoing certain procedures. State health officials said health care facilities are safe, and stressed that individual health care should not be delayed for any reason.

The majority of counties in the state had been operating at the least-restrictive Turquoise Level for months.

“I am incredibly proud of New Mexico,” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said. “We stepped up. We looked out for one another. We sacrificed, and we saved lives. And now we’re all ready for a safe and fun summer. Lord knows New Mexicans have earned it. Please, get your shot if you haven’t already – don’t risk these dangerous new variants that present incredible risk to unvaccinated and even young people. Go to and help protect yourself and your family.”

New Mexico will continue to promote and administer COVID-19 vaccinations all across the state.

All New Mexicans age 12 and older are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine and are strongly encouraged to schedule their vaccine appointment today at or by calling toll-free 855/600-3453. Parents of New Mexicans age 12 to 15 are encouraged to register their child for the approved Pfizer vaccine at

The state’s Vax 2 the Max Sweepstakes, including four more $1 million drawings (for New Mexicans who have received at least one vaccine shot) and a $5 million grand prize (for New Mexicans who have completed their vaccination series), continues; vaccinated New Mexicans who would like a chance to win must opt in to the sweepstakes at

The next $1 million drawing is Friday, July 2; vaccinated New Mexicans must opt in to the sweepstakes by 6 p.m. Thursday, July 1, to be eligible for the July 2 drawing.

The amended public health order, issued June 30 and effective July 1, is attached to this news release.

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