New Mexico COVID-19 Turquoise, Green, Yellow, Red Level Definitions

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SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – The New Mexico Department of Health and Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has updated the “Red to Green” framework to include a new level, Turquoise. A county will remain at a given operating level so long as it continues to satisfy the specified metrics for that level.

If a county fails to meet the specified metrics for a given level, the county must begin operating at the lower level’s restrictions within 48 hours of the map’s update. If a county begins meeting the specified metrics for a less restrictive level, the county may start operating at that level’s restrictions immediately upon the map’s update.

The Department of Health will update the Red to Green dashboard map every other Wednesday.


Turquoise Level – Counties at the Turquoise Level have reached the Green Level for two consecutive biweekly map updates.

Green Level – Counties seeking to operate at this level must satisfy both of the following metrics:

  • A new COVID-19 case incidence rate of no greater than 8 cases per 100,000 inhabitants during the most recent 14-day period; AND
  • An average percent of positive COVID-19 test results over the most recent 14- day period less than or equal to 5%

Yellow Level – Counties seeking to operate at this level must meet either of the following metrics:

  • A new COVID-19 case incidence rate ofno greater than 8 cases per 100,000 inhabitants during the most recent 14-day period; OR
  • An average percent of positive COVID-19 test results over the most recent 14- day period less than or equal to 5%.

Red Level – All other counties shall operate at the Red Level.


RED LEVEL

Counties at the Red Level are those with a new COVID-19 case incident rate of greater than 8 cases per 100,000 inhabitants during the most recent two-week period and an average percent of positive COVID-19 test results over the most recent 14-day period greater than 5%.

  • Essential businesses (non-retail): No capacity restrictions but must limit operations to only those absolutely necessary to carry out essential functions
  • Essential retail spaces: 25% of maximum capacity (indoor and outdoor)
  • Food and drink establishments: No indoor dining permitted; 25% of maximum capacity for outdoor dining; any establishment serving alcohol must close by 9 p.m. each night
  • Close-contact businesses: 25% of maximum capacity or 10 customers at one time, whichever is smaller; 25% of any outdoor space on the premises
  • Large entertainment venues: May not operate
  • Recreational facilities: 25% of maximum capacity of any outdoor space on the premises; indoor not permitted
  • Bars and clubs: May not operate
  • **All other businesses: 25% of maximum capacity (indoor and outdoor)
  • Houses of worship: May hold religious services, indoors or outdoors, or provide services through audiovisual means, but may not exceed 25% of the maximum capacity of any enclosed space on the premises
  • Places of lodging: 40% of maximum occupancy for those that have completed NM Safe Certified training; 25% of maximum occupancy for all others; 5 guests maximum for vacation rentals
  • Mass gatherings limit: 5 persons, 40 vehicles

YELLOW LEVEL

Counties at the Yellow Level have 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%.

  • Essential businesses (non-retail): No capacity restrictions but operations must be limited to only those absolutely necessary to carry out essential functions
  • Essential retail spaces: 33% of maximum capacity (indoor and outdoor)
  • Food and drink establishments (if NM Safe Certified): 33% of maximum capacity for indoor dining; 75% of maximum capacity for outdoors dining; any establishment serving alcohol must close by 10 p.m. each night
  • Close-contact businesses: 33% of maximum capacity or 20 customers at one time, whichever is smaller; 33% of any outdoor space on the premises
  • Large entertainment venues: 25% of maximum capacity of any outdoor space on premises; indoor not permitted with the limited exception of operating up to 25% of maximum capacity for recording and broadcasting entertainment without any in-person audience
  • Recreational facilities: 33% of any outdoor space on the premises; indoor not permitted
  • Bars and clubs: May not operate
  • **All other businesses: 33% of maximum capacity (indoor and outdoor)
  • Houses of worship: May hold religious services, indoors or outdoors, or provide services through audiovisual means, but may not exceed 33% of the maximum capacity of any enclosed space on the premises
  • Places of lodging: 60% of maximum occupancy for those that have completed NM Safe Certified training; 25% of maximum occupancy for all others; 5 guests maximum for vacation rentals
  • Mass gatherings limit: 10 persons; 80 vehicles

GREEN LEVEL

Counties at the Green Level have both a new COVID-19 case incidence rate of no greater than 8 cases per 100,000 inhabitants during the most recent two-week period, and an average percent of positive COVID-19 test results over the most recent 14-day period less than or equal to 5%.

  • Essential businesses (non-retail): No capacity restrictions but operations must be limited to only those absolutely necessary to carry out essential functions
  • Essential retail spaces: 50% of maximum capacity (indoor and outdoor)
  • Food and drink establishments (if NM Safe Certified): 50% of maximum capacity for indoor dining; 75% of maximum capacity for outdoor dining
  • Close-contact businesses: 50% of maximum capacity (indoor and outdoor)
  • Large entertainment venues: 25% of maximum capacity for any indoor/enclosed space on premises; 50% of any outdoor space on premises
  • Recreational facilities: 25% of maximum capacity of any indoor/enclosed space on the premises; 50% of any outdoor space on the premises
  • Bars and clubs: 25% of maximum capacity of any outdoor space on premises, where applicable; indoor not permitted
  • **All other businesses: 50% of maximum capacity (indoor and outdoor)
  • Houses of worship: May hold religious services, indoors or outdoors, or provide services through audiovisual means, but may not exceed 50% of the maximum capacity of any enclosed space on the premises
  • Places of lodging: 75% of maximum occupancy for those that have completed NM Safe Certified training; 40% of maximum occupancy for all others; 10 guests maximum for vacation rentals
  • Mass gatherings limit: 20 persons, 120 vehicles

TURQUOISE LEVEL

Counties at the Turquoise Level have both a new COVID-19 case incidence rate of no greater than 8 cases per 100,000 inhabitants during the most recent four-week period, and an average percent of positive COVID-19 test results over the most recent four-week period less than or equal to 5%.

  • Essential businesses (non-retail): No capacity restrictions but operations must be limited to only those absolutely necessary to carry out essential functions
  • Essential retail spaces: 75% of maximum capacity (indoor and outdoor)
  • Food and drink establishments (if NM Safe Certified): 75% of maximum capacity for indoor dining; 75% of maximum capacity for outdoor dining
  • Close-contact businesses: 75% of maximum capacity; no restrictions on outdoor spaces
  • Large entertainment venues: 33% of maximum capacity for any indoor/enclosed space on premises; 75% of any outdoor space on premises
  • Recreational facilities: 50% of maximum capacity of any indoor/enclosed space on the premises; 75% of any outdoor space on premises
  • Bars and clubs: 33% of maximum capacity of any indoor/enclosed space on premises; 75% of any outdoor space on premises, where applicable
  • **All other businesses: 75% of maximum capacity indoors; no restrictions on outdoor spaces
  • Houses of worship: May hold religious services, indoors or outdoors, or provide services through audiovisual means, but may not exceed 75% of the maximum capacity of any enclosed space on the premises
  • Places of lodging: No maximum occupancy restrictions for those that have completed NM Safe Certified training; 50% of maximum occupancy for all others; 15 guests maximum for vacation rentals
  • Mass gatherings limit: 150 persons, or 200 vehicles

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