On June 18th, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham confirmed that the state will no longer be implementing COVID restrictions or the county-by-county color-coded system as of July 1st. This means New Mexico will be fully reopened in less than two weeks. This change is attributed to the 60% of state residents who have been vaccinated against the virus. Counties will continue to operate under turquoise level restrictions until the reopening date.
New Mexico has returned to a more normal way of life in the past few weeks as most counties have been under the least restrictive turquoise level of the statewide color-coded system. However, as of July 1, all remaining restrictions will be dropped. This will allow businesses to open at full capacity as well as choose their own precautions for customers’ health and safety. Limits on mass gatherings will also be redacted, allowing the return of concerts, sporting events, and other large scale entertainment options.
In accordance to the CDC’s latest guidance, facemasks are not required for individuals who have been fully vaccinated, but will remain a requirement for unvaccinated individuals. Retailers and workplaces may continue to request guests and employees wear masks, regardless of vaccination, at their discretion.
Along with her announcement of the state reopening date, the governor also stated “This is an exciting announcement… We have made incredible progress, and I’m proud of New Mexico.”
There’s never been a better time to visit our beautiful village, so take advantage of the upcoming changes and plan a trip to Ruidoso. We look forward to welcoming you!