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:

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 February 24, 2021 are as follows:
  • See the most recent Public Health Order here
  • Visitors to the state of New Mexico are no longer required to self-quarantine. Instead, visitors are strongly advised to self-quarantine for 14 days and obtain a COVID-19 test upon their arrival in the state.
  • All gatherings of more than ten people or 80 vehicles 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. 
  • Outdoor dining at Albuquerque restaurants is permitted at 75% of maximum occupancy, but must close in-person dining by 10 p.m. if alcohol is served. 
  • Indoor dining at Albuquerque restaurants is permitted at 33% of maximum occupancy, if the establishment is NM Safe Certified. Any establishment that serves alcohol must close by 10 p.m. 
  • Food service establishments can still operate through take-out and home delivery service. 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 are allowed to operate at 60% of their maximum occupancy level. Places of lodging that have not completed the training program are permitted to operate at 33% of their maximum occupancy level. 
  • Vacation rentals have a five guest maximum. 
  • Essential retail businesses may operate at 33% of max capacity. Indoor shopping malls may operate at 25% of max capacity. 
  • Essential, non-retail businesses must limit operations to those necessary to carry out essential functions. 
  • Close-contact businesses may operate at 33% of max capacity or 20 customers at a time, whichever is smaller. 
  • Recreational facilities may operate at 33% of max capacity of any outdoor spaces on the premises; but indoor facilities must remain close. This includes movie theaters, arcades, casinos and more. 
  • All outdoor recreational facilities may operate at 33% of max capacity, unless required to have lower capacity under state
    COVID-Safe Practices. This includes golf courses, tennis courts and the ABQ BioPark.
  • Please contact individual casinos for closure information and/or hours of operation. 
  • Houses of worship may operate at 33% capacity.
  • All other businesses are permitted to operate at 33% of maximum capacity. 
  • For more information on the New Mexico Department of Health's definitions of each business type and additional details about the new reopening framework, click here.

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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 or New Mexico from another state, you are not required self-quarantine. Visitors to the state are strongly advised to self-quarantine for 14 days and obtain a COVID-19 test upon their arrival in the state.

  • 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

  • Understand that New Mexico is safely reopening. Please review all current restrictions on restaurants, retail and other non-essential businesses on this page. 

  • All gatherings of more than ten people or 80 vehicles are prohibited.

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:

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

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

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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