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

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SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – The New Mexico Department of Health and Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham introduced a “Red to Green” framework, which includes three levels of operations that are based on a county’s ability to satisfy specified metrics: Green Level, Yellow Level, and Red Level. A county will remain at a given operating level so long as it continues to satisfy the specified metrics for that level.

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

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 begin operating at that level’s restrictions immediately upon the map’s update.


RED LEVEL ***VERY HIGH RISK***

New Mexico COVID-19 Red Level Updated December 16, 2020
New Mexico COVID-19 Red Level Updated December 16, 2020

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%.

Restrictions

All “essential businesses,” excluding those defined as a “retail space,” may operate but must limit operations to only those absolutely necessary to carry out essential functions.

All businesses, houses of worship, and other non-profit entities may operate subject to the following occupancy limits and restrictions:

  • All “mass gatherings” of more than five (5) individuals are prohibited. “Mass gatherings” in which individuals gather in vehicles are permitted so long as the gathering is limited to ten (10) vehicles, no food or drinks are sold at the gathering, and all individuals remain in their vehicles.
  • Essential businesses identified as a “retail space” may operate at 25% of their maximum occupancy.
  • Houses of worship may operate but may not exceed 25% of their maximum occupancy, as determined by the relevant fire marshal or fire department.
  • Outdoor recreational facilities may operate at 25% capacity unless specified otherwise in the pertinent CSP’ s, in which case the CSP’ s capacity limits are controlling. Notwithstanding any other provision herein, horseracing tracks are prohibited from having spectators.
  • Food and drink establishments may not provide indoor dine-in service but may provide service in outdoor seating areas up to 25% occupancy, where applicable. Tables must be spaced at least six feet apart, no more than six patrons may be seated at any single table, patrons must be seated in order to be served food or drink unless ordering food for carryout, and no bar or counter seating is permitted. “Food and drink establishments” may provide carryout service, or delivery service if otherwise permitted by law. Any “food and drink establishment” that is permitted to serve alcohol must close for in-person service by 9:00 p.m. and must remain closed until at least 4:00. “Food and drink establishments” may provide delivery service after 9:00 p.m. but no customers are permitted on the premises.
  • Places of lodging which have completed the NM Safe Certified training offered at https://nmsafecertified.org may operate up to 40% of maximum occupancy. All other ”places of!odging” shall not operate at more than 25%of maximum occupancy. Further, and notwithstanding any other provision herein, any home, apartment, condominium, or other similar space that is offered as a vacation rental may operate but may not exceed five ( 5) guests. Healthcare providers who are engaged in the provision of care to New Mexico residents, individuals for extended stays as temporary housing, and individuals who are quarantining shall not be counted for purposes of determining maximum occupancy.
  • Close-contact recreational facilities may not operate.
  • Close-contact businesses may operate but may not exceed the lesser of 25% of their maximum occupancy, as determined by the relevant fire marshal or fire department, or ten (10) customers inside the building at any given time.
  • State museums may not operate

Any entity that is not identified as an “essential business,” “house of worship,” “outdoor recreational facility,” “food and drink establishment,” “place of lodging,” “close-contact recreational facility,” or “close-contact business” may operate but may not exceed the lesser of 25% of its maximum occupancy, as determined by the relevant fire marshal or fire department, or seventy-five (75) customers inside the building at any given time.


YELLOW LEVEL ***HIGH RISK***

New Mexico COVID-19 Yellow Level Updated December 16, 2020
New Mexico COVID-19 Yellow Level Updated December 16, 2020

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%.

Restrictions

All “essential businesses,” excluding those defined as a “retail space,” may operate but must limit operations to only those absolutely necessary to carry out essential functions.

All businesses, houses of worship, and other non-profit entities may operate subject to the following occupancy limits and restrictions:

  • All “mass gatherings” of more than ten (10) individuals are prohibited. “Mass gatherings” in which individuals gather in vehicles are permitted so long as the gathering is limited to twenty-five (25) vehicles, no food or drinks are sold at the gathering, and all individuals remain in their vehicles.
  • Essential businesses identified as a “retail space” may operate at 33% of maximum occupancy.
  • Houses of worship may operate but may not exceed 25% of their maximum occupancy, as determined by the relevant fire marshal or fire department.
  • Outdoor recreational facilities may operate at 25% capacity unless specified otherwise in the pertinent CS P’s, in which case the CSP’s capacity limits are controlling. Notwithstanding any other provision herein, horseracing tracks are prohibited from having spectators.
  • Food and drink establishments may not provide dine-in service unless they complete the NM Safe Certified training offered at https://nmsafecertified.org, as well as comply with all NM Safe Certified requirements, including, but not limited to: screening customers and staff for symptoms of COVID-19 prior to entry, consenting to Department of Health spot-testing of symptomatic employees, requiring dine-in customers to provide limited contact information for contact tracing purposes, and retaining contact tracing information for no less than three weeks. Those “food and drink establishments” that complete the NM Safe Certified training and comply with all attendant requirements mandated by that program may provide dine-in services but they may not exceed more than 25% occupancy of the maximum occupancy in any enclosed space on the premises, as determined by the relevant fire marshal or fire department. All “food and drink establishments,” regardless of compliance with the NM Safe Certified requirements, may provide service in outdoor seating areas up to 75% occupancy, where applicable. In all instances, tables must be spaced at least six feet apart, no more than six patrons may be seated at any single table, patrons must be seated in order to be served food or drink unless ordering food for carryout, and no bar or counter seating is permitted. Any “food and drink establishments” that is permitted to serve alcohol must close for in-person service by 10:00 p.m. and must remain closed until at least 4:00 a.m. “Food and drink establishments” may provide delivery service after 10:00 p.m. but no customers are permitted on the premises. “Food and drink establishments” may provide carryout service, or delivery service if otherwise permitted by law.
  • Places of lodging which have completed the NM Safe Certified training offered at https://nmsafecertified.org may operate up to 60% of maximum occupancy. All other “places oflodging” shall not operate at more than 25%of maximum occupancy. Further, and notwithstanding any other provision herein, any home, apartment, condominium, or other similar space that is offered as a vacation rental may operate but may not exceed five ( 5) guests. Healthcare providers who are engaged in the provision of care to New Mexico residents, individuals for extended stays as temporary housing, and individuals who are quarantining shall not be counted for purposes of determining maximum occupancy.
  • Close-contact recreational facilities may not operate.
  • Close-contact businesses may operate but may not exceed the lesser of 25% of their maximum occupancy, as determined by the relevant fire marshal or fire department, or twenty (20) customers inside the building at any given time.
  • State museums may not operate.

Any entity that is not identified as an “essential business,” “house of worship,” “outdoor recreational facility,” “food and drink establishment,” “place of lodging,” “close-contact recreational facility,” or “close-contact business” may operate but may not exceed the lesser of 25% of its maximum occupancy, as determined by the relevant fire marshal or fire department, or one hundred twenty-five (125) customers inside its building at any given time.


GREEN LEVEL ***MEDIUM RISK***

New Mexico COVID-19 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%.

Restrictions

All “essential businesses,” excluding those defined as a “retail space,” may operate without occupancy limitations but must limit operations to only those absolutely necessary to carry out essential functions.

All businesses, houses of worship, and other non-profit entities may operate subject to the following occupancy limits and restrictions:

  • All “mass gatherings” of more than twenty (20) individuals are prohibited. “Mass gatherings” in which individuals gather in vehicles are permitted so long as the gathering is limited to one hundred (100) vehicles, no food or drinks are sold at the gathering, and all individuals remain in their vehicles.
  • Essential businesses identified as a “retail space” may operate at 50% of their maximum occupancy.
  • Outdoor recreational facilities may operate at 50% capacity unless specified otherwise in the pertinent CSP’s, in which case the CSP’s capacity limits are controlling. Notwithstanding any other provision herein, horseracing tracks are prohibited from having spectators.
  • Food and drink establishments may not provide dine-in service, except those restaurants that have completed the NM Safe Certified training program. All “food and drink establishments” that have completed the NM Safe Certified offered at https://mnsafecertified.org, and also comply with all NM Safe Certified requirements, including, but not limited to: screening customers and staff for symptoms of COVID-19 prior to entry, consenting to Department of Health spot-testing of symptomatic employees, requiring dine-in customers to provide limited contact information for contact tracing purposes, and retaining contact tracing information for no less than three weeks may operate at 50% occupancy of the maximum occupancy in any enclosed space on the premises, as determined by the relevant fire marshal or fire department. All “food and drink establishments,” regardless of compliance with the NM Safe Certified requirements, may provide service in outdoor seating areas up to 75% occupancy, where applicable. In all instances, tables must be spaced at least six feet apart, no more than six patrons may be seated at any single table, patrons must be seated in order to be served food or drink unless ordering food for carryout, and no bar or counter seating is permitted. “Food and drink establishments” may provide carryout service, or delivery service if otherwise permitted by law.
  • Places of lodging which have completed the NM Safe Certified training offered at https://mnsafecertified.org may operate up to 75% of maximum occupancy. All other “places oflodging” shall not operate at more than 40% of maximum occupancy. Further, and notwithstanding any other provision herein, any home, apartment, condominium, or other similar space that is offered as a vacation rental may operate but may not exceed ten (10) guests. Healthcare providers who are engaged in the provision of care to New Mexico residents, individuals for extended stays as temporary housing, and individuals who are quarantining shall not be counted for purposes of determining maximum occupancy.
  • Close-contact recreational facilities may not operate.
  • State museums may operate but may not exceed 50% of their maximum occupancy, as determined by the relevant fire marshal or fire department.

Any entity that is not identified as an “essential business,” “house of worship,” “outdoor recreational facility,” “food and drink establishment,” “place of lodging,” or “close-contact recreational facility” may operate but may not exceed 50% of its maximum occupancy, as determined by the relevant fire marshal or fire department.


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