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

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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/.

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

 

The State of New Mexico

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 June 1, 2020 are as follows:

  • Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has issued an executive order requiring air travelers to New Mexico to self-isolate for at least 14 days to help combat the spread of COVID-19. Air travelers who fail to voluntarily self-isolate will be subject to forced isolation or quarantine by the New Mexico Health Department. 
  • 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. Exceptions to face coverings in public include eating, drinking and exercising.
  • As of June 1, restaurants in Albuquerque may operate indoor and patio dine-in service at 50% of maximum occupancy in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices. Bar and counter seating is prohibited; no standing service allowed. No more than six people may be seated at any single table. Not all restaurants are offering the same services, so please call the restaurant before arriving. Food service establishments can still operate through take-out and home delivery service. See the Governor's most recent Public Health Order hereThis same directive applies to restaurants and bars within hotels. Click here for restaurants offering takeout and delivery services.
  • Hotels, motels, RV parks, and other places of lodging shall not operate at more than 50 percent 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. 
  • 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 25% capacity.
  • Hair salons, barbershops and nail salons may operate at 25% of maximum occupancy in accordance with COVID-Safe Practices

See more information here. 

 

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, taking effect Saturday, May 16, everyone is required to wear a face covering in public in the state of New Mexico. The only exceptions to wearing a face covering are eating, drinking or exercising in public. 

  • 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 by air, you must self-quarantine for 14-days. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has issued an executive order requiring air travelers to New Mexico to self-isolate for at least 14 days to help combat the spread of COVID-19. Air 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 five people are prohibited.
 
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

 

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.

See outdoor recreation guidelines and restrictions here

 
More 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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