COVID-19 Updates

Please note, this webpage is currently under development as a resource for Albuquerque news related to the COVID-19 public health emergency. We are working to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information as possible, including information on business closures and changes in service.


COVID-19 Traveler Information

Albuquerque, New Mexico

As you are aware, the World Health Organization has declared the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) a global pandemic. Visit Albuquerque is in close contact with health and security authorities on any planned or anticipated measures that may impact travel, and we will provide updates as we receive additional information. 

The health and safety of our city’s residents and visitors is Visit Albuquerque’s highest priority. Travelers are encouraged to always exercise healthy travel habits when traveling and to follow guidance issued by official sources of public health information.

If you suspect you may have COVID-19, call the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) at (505) 827-0006. Please visit the New Mexico Department of Health COVID-19 website for details on indications and symptoms: http://cv.nmhealth.org/.

Help keep New Mexico and all of its residents and guests safe. Make the New Mexico Safe Promise today. 

For additional information and resources, call the NMDOH Coronavirus Hotline at 1-855-600-3453.

For other current business, closure and event updates, click here

New Mexico Public Health & COVID-19 Updates

New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and NMDOH on March 11, 2020, issued a public health emergency, as other states have, in order to maximize the resources available to the state in order to fight the potential spread of the virus and minimize public health risks for New Mexicans.

New Mexico has a centralized health department, making it much easier to coordinate infectious disease investigations.

Current restrictions, as of October 23, 2020 are as follows:
  • Travelers from low risk states will no longer be required to quarantine. See an updated list of states hereSelf-quarantine will be required only for visitors from outside the United States and from states that have a positive test rate higher than 80 per 1 million residents or a test positivity rate of 5% or higher over a seven-day rolling average. They will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days or for the duration of their presence in the state, whichever is shorter. Please refer to the New Mexico Department of Health to review rules and exemptions. Find information on the updated Public Health Order here
  • All gatherings of more than five people are prohibited. 
  • Everyone is required to wear a face covering in public in the state of New Mexico. Violators are subject to a $100 fine. 
  • Indoor dining service at restaurants, breweries, wineries, cafes and similar establishments may be offered at 25% of maximum occupancy, in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices. Outdoor dining may be provided at 75% occupancy in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices. All tables, whether located indoors or outdoors, must be spaced at least six feet apart, and no more than six patrons are permitted at a single table. 
  • A mandatory closing time for establishments serving alcohol has been put in place. Any food or drink establishment in New Mexico that serves alcohol must close at 10 p.m. each night.
  • Food service establishments can still operate through take-out and home delivery service. See the Governor's most recent Public Health Order here. This same directive applies to restaurants and bars within hotels. Click here for restaurants offering takeout and delivery services.
  • Places of lodging that have completed New Mexico Safe Certified training may operate at up to 60% of maximum occupancy. All other hotels, motels, RV parks, and other places of lodging shall continue to not operate at more than 25% of maximum occupancy, and must comply with COVID-Safe Practices.
  • All retail operations are operating at limited occupancy. All retailers and most non-essential businesses may open and operate at 25% capacity. A “retailer” is any business that sells goods directly to the ultimate consumer or end-users and does not include wholesalers or suppliers. Contact any retailers individually before visiting to confirm hours of operation, closured or changes in services. Indoor malls may operate at 25% of maximum occupancy. 
  • Museums with static displays are allowed to open at 25% occupancy. All state-operated museums and historical sites have been ordered to close effective Oct. 23.
  • New Mexico State Parks are not open to out-of-state residents. Individuals who visit a state park must demonstrate proof of residency, such as a state ID or state-issued license plate. Camping at state parks remains prohibited. To review the status of operations for all state parks, click here.
  • Gyms may operate at 50% of maximum occupancy in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices. Group fitness classes are not allowed. 
  • All non-tribal casinos are ordered to close.
  • Houses of worship may operate at 40% capacity.
  • Hair salons, barbershops and nail salons may operate at 25% of maximum occupancy in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices

See what is currently open in Albuquerque. 

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Quick Facts For Visiting Albuquerque

Essential travel through the state is still permitted, with all of the state and city restrictions still in place for travelers. If you are traveling through New Mexico and/or Albuquerque, please follow all guidelines and respect all restrictions set by local governments. Here are a few key points to keep in mind:

  • Wear a mask. Under a New Mexico Public Health Order, everyone is required to wear a face covering in public in the state of New Mexico. Violators are subject to a $100 fine. 

  • Follow healthy travel guidelines. If you must travel, the CDC recommends that travelers should avoid contact with sick people and wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

  • If you are arriving in Albuquerque from a high risk state, you must self-quarantine for 14-days or their stay, whichever is shorter. Click here to see a map of states. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has issued a revised executive order requiring all visitors from these states to self-isolate for at least 14 days to help combat the spread of COVID-19. Travelers who fail to voluntarily self-isolate will be subject to forced isolation or quarantine by the New Mexico Health Department.

  • Plan ahead for few rest stops and potential closures. Many, but not all, rest areas in the state are closed. Gas stations in Albuquerque are still open. For a real-time map of road closures in New Mexico visit NMRoads.com.

  • Understand that New Mexico is in the Preparation Phase of reopening.  Please be aware that the state of New Mexico is currently in the Preparation Phase for a safe reopening. As New Mexico is not fully reopened at this time please review all current restrictions on restaurants, retail and other non-essential businesses on this page. 

  • All gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited.

Albuquerque is reopening, safely. If you are visiting Albuquerque, check out our Reopening ABQ page to find current things to do and places to eat. 

If you are planning a visit to Albuquerque, check out our Virtual Visitor Information Center for useful and fun planning tools. 

Healthy Practices

  • Wash hands often
  • Cough into your elbow and sneeze into a tissue
  • Consult with a doctor before traveling when sick
  • Stay up-to-date on vaccinations
  • Avoid contact with people who are already sick
  • Avoid contact with animals while traveling
  • Be aware of latest travel advisories from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. State Department

Visit CDC Travel for the latest guidance: cdc.gov/travel

Make the New Mexico Safe Promise 

Join us in making the promise to follow COVID-safe practices and keep New Mexico healthy and safe. 

The New Mexico Save Promise initiative, presented by the New Mexico Hospitality Association (NMHA), invites all New Mexicans and visitors to New Mexico to make a personal commitment to follow COVID-19 Safe Practices to help make New Mexico the safest place for its families, workers, and customers. This initiative is about local communities supporting each other to ensure that all New Mexicans are self-accountable to abide by best practice safety standards. To make the New Mexico Safe Promise, visit NMSafePromise.org.

By making the New Mexico Safe Promise, you commit to:

»  Use a face covering while in public

»  Stay six feet from others while in public

»  Stay home when sick

»  Wash their hands frequently and follow recommended hygiene practices 

»  Participate in any COVID-19 related training made available at their workplace 

Learn more here, or make the promise at NMSafePromise.org.

Outdoor Recreation

As outdoor lands and some recreational areas reopen in Albuquerque and New Mexico, state officials are reminding residents and visitors to be respectful of these places and continue to take precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Learn more about Albuquerque's great outdoors and things you can do now, outside. 

See outdoor recreation guidelines and restrictions here

Other Resources

Visit Albuquerque is also closely monitoring updates and advice from local, state, federal and international organizations that are actively monitoring COVID-19 (Coronavirus) including:

The New Mexico Department of Health

The City of Albuquerque 

The State of New Mexico

The New Mexico Tourism Department 

Center for Disease Control and Prevention 

World Health Organization

 

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