NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – In a news conference Thursday Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and state officials provided an update on COVID-19 efforts in New Mexico, trends, and extended the Public Health Order through August 28, 2020. The emergency public health order retains the state’s public health prohibition on mass gatherings and keeps in place temporary indoor occupancy restrictions for certain businesses, particularly indoor “close-contact” businesses such as restaurants and gyms. 

Also unchanged is the statewide requirement that all individuals wear face coverings in public and that business operators require customers to wear face coverings upon entrance.

The governor renewed her executive order mandating a temporary quarantine for individuals traveling into the state. The governor did mention Thursday afternoon however, she will be exploring modifications to the order as additional data becomes available to her in August.

The extended public health order streamlines the categories of business operations. Wineries and distilleries will now be classified alongside other food and drink establishments such as restaurants, meaning they may operate under the same requirements: outdoor and patio seating is permitted while indoor seating and service is not and outdoor tables must be separated by six feet of distance, among other COVID-Safe Practices required for restaurants and eateries.