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Officials outline phase-out plans for Red to Green Framework

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – According to the New Mexico Department of Health and Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, when 60% of eligible New Mexicans have been fully vaccinated, which state modeling projects may occur as early as the end of June, the state will graduate out of the color-coded county risk system and remove most pandemic-related restrictions on commercial activities.

April 28, 2021 the framework now includes vaccination rate in determining levels. Houses of worship are allowed operate at 100% capacity no matter the color-coded risk level of their county.

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


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April 28, 2021 changes to definitions, percentages reflected below


TURQUOISE LEVEL

Counties seeking to operate at this level must have satisfied all of the following metrics for the most recent 14-day reporting period or two of the metrics for the two previous 14-reporting periods:

  • A new COVID-19 case incidence rate of no greater than 10 cases per 100,000 inhabitants during the most recent 14-day period;
  • An average percent of positive COVID-19 test results over the most recent 14-day period less than or equal to 7.5%; and
  • A percentage of total vaccine-eligible residents fully vaccinated greater than or equal to 35% beginning on the April 30, 2021, 40% beginning the week of May 3, 2021, and increased by 5% every other week thereafter.

Mass gatherings limit: 150 persons

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

  • 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: May operate up to 75% of the maximum capacity of any enclosed space on the premises and up to 100% capacity of any outdoor space on the premises.
  • 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
  • Houses of worship: May hold religious services up to 100% of the maximum capacity of any outdoor or enclosed space on the premises but are strongly encouraged to limit indoor services to 75% capacity.
  • Places of lodging: No maximum occupancy restrictions for those that have completed NM Safe Certified training; may operate up to 100% of maximum occupancy.
    • All other “places of lodging” shall not operate at more than 50% 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 fifteen (15) 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.
  • *All other businesses: 75% of maximum capacity indoors; no restrictions on outdoor spaces

GREEN LEVEL

Green Level – Counties seeking to operate at this level must satisfy two of the following metrics for the most recent 14-day reporting period:

  • A new COVID-19 case incidence rate of no greater than 10 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 7.5%
  • A percentage of total vaccine-eligible residents fully vaccinated greater than or equal to 35% beginning on April 30, 2021, 40% beginning the week of May 3, 2021, and increased by 5% every other week thereafter.

Mass gatherings limit: 20 persons

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

  • 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: May operate up to 25% of the maximum capacity of any outdoor space on the premises but shall not permit patrons to enter any indoor portion of the premises except for the limited purpose of using the restroom or momentarily exiting/entering. Employees may occupy the indoor portion of the premises only to the extent necessary to operate the outdoor portion. “Bars and clubs” shall comply with all other requirements applicable to “food and drink establishments.”
  • Houses of worship: May hold religious services up to 100% of the maximum capacity of any outdoor or enclosed space on the premises but are strongly encouraged to limit indoor services to 50% capacity.
  • Places of lodging: May operate up to 75% of maximum occupancy.
    • All other “places of lodging” 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 fifteen (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.
  • **All other businesses: 50% of maximum capacity (indoor and outdoor)

YELLOW LEVEL

Counties seeking to operate at this level must meet one of the following metrics for the most recent 14-day reporting period:

  • A new COVID-19 case incidence rate of no greater than 10 cases per 100,000 inhabitants during the most recent 14-day period;
  • An average percent of positive COVID-19 test results over the most recent 14- day period less than or equal to 7.5%
  • A percentage of total vaccine-eligible residents fully vaccinated greater than or equal to 35% beginning on April 30, 2021, 40% beginning the week of May 3, 2021, and increased by 5% every other week thereafter.

Mass gatherings limit: 10 persons

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

  • 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 and must remain closed until at least 4:00 a.m. but may continue to provide delivery service so long as no customers are permitted on the premises. “Food and drink establishments” may provide carryout service, or delivery service if otherwise permitted by law.
  • 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. Notwithstanding the foregoing, pools may operate up to 33% of the maximum capacity of any enclosed space on the premises so long as they are only used for physical therapy and socially distanced exercise.
  • Bars and clubs: May not operate
  • Houses of worship: May hold religious services up to 100% of the maximum capacity of any outdoor or enclosed space on the premises but are strongly encouraged to limit indoor services to 33% capacity.
  • Places of lodging: 60% of maximum occupancy for those that have completed NM Safe Certified training.
    • All other “places of lodging” shall not operate at more than 33% 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.
  • **All other businesses: 33% of maximum capacity (indoor and outdoor)

RED LEVEL

Mass gatherings limit: 5 persons

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

  • 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 “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 a.m. but may continue to provide delivery service so long as no customers are permitted on the premises.
  • 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
  • Bars and clubs: May not operate
  • Recreational facilities: 25% of maximum capacity of any outdoor space on the premises; indoor not permitted. Notwithstanding the foregoing, amusement parks may not operate. Further, pools may operate up to 25% of the maximum capacity of any enclosed space on the premises so long as they are only used for physical therapy and socially distanced exercise.
  • Houses of worship: May hold religious services up to 100% of the maximum capacity of any outdoor or enclosed space on the premises but are strongly encouraged to limit indoor services to 25% capacity.
  • Places of lodging: 40% of maximum occupancy for those that have completed NM Safe Certified training
    • All other “places of lodging” 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 tempora1y housing, and individuals who are quarantining shall not be counted for purposes of determining maximum occupancy.
  • **All other businesses: 25% of maximum capacity (indoor and outdoor)

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